- Aug 27, 2021
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The “Dixon’s Gunmakers Fair” created a legacy in Eastern Pennsylvania nearly 40 years ago. In 2020 the Dixon Family announced they would not be able to host the fair anymore, leaving a hole in the muzzle loading community of the area. Shortly after this announcement, representatives from the Honourable Company of Horners, Pennsylvania Federation of Blackpowder Shooters, Jacobsburg Historical Society and NMLRA united to continue the legacy started by the Dixon Family.
With the full blessing of the Dixon’s, the Gunmakers Fair at Kempton was born and in July 2022 the first event was held at the Kempton Community Center in Eastern Pennsylvania.
I’ve always heard of the enthusiasm Pennsylvanians have for muzzleloading, but I didn’t understand it until I was standing in a packed room full of muzzleloading enthusiasts, unable to move. The three day show started on Friday, July 29 and by 10 am it was clear the event would be a success. Cars were pouring into the entrance and by noon the main parking lots were filling fast. For the first day of a new event, it was a great turnout.
Attendance continued to rise through the weekend, totaling around 2500 attendees for the weekend, excluding businesses and artists.