Submitted by Leslie Perry (email@example.com)
The October 15 and 16, 2011, Frontier Faire at Fort Daniel on Hog Mountain in Gwinnett County was sponsored by GARS (the Gwinnett Archaeological Research Society), a Chapter of the SGA, and the FDF (Fort Daniel Foundation). Site Director Dr. James D’Angelo conducted public education tours and further excavations with the help of GARS members. Local school students participated, as did Georgia State University students under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Glover. The SGA table was present to educate the public. Beautiful fall weather promoted good attendance for the event.
Visitors to the Frontier Faire this year visited the Trading Post, which was stocked with old-time candy and pioneer-type children’s toys, Fort Daniel t-shirts, fossils, jewelry, antiques, and minerals. A candle-maker, the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, a flint-knapper, food area, costumed members, and a brick kiln were additional attractions. The old time tool display was a definite draw with more than fifty people taking the “Name the Tool” contest for a chance to test their memory and win prize candy from the Trading Post.
Children who attended enjoyed face-painting, pottery reconstruction at the SGA area, costume photos at the Girl Scout booth, free stickers and fossils at the Trading Post, and Brewster’s ice cream. The 2011 Frontier Faire is considered a definite success and will serve as a model for next year’s Faire.