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Happy Birthday Daniel Boone

In celebration of Kentucky pioneer Daniel Boone’s 275th birthday in 2009, Fort Boonesborough State Park near Richmond will host a variety of events beginning in March and held throughout the year, leading up to a special birthday weekend October 17-18.

On March 7, join Scott New portraying Daniel Boone at a 7 p.m. Fireside Chat, including a Taste of Frontier Fare at 5:30 p.m. Call (859) 527-3131, Monday through Friday, for tickets; $15 adults, $5 children 12 and under. New performs as Daniel Boone as part of the Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua Program.

From April through September the park will host Boone at Noon, once monthly on Saturday, with historians, experts, and authors speaking about Boone. For dates and details, contact the park.

To relive the 1778 Siege of Boonesborough, join the September 26-27 commemoration that includes battle re-enactments, living-history demonstrations, and a Native American village.

The year culminates with Boone’s birthday celebration weekend, October 17-18, featuring Boone historians and experts as well as Scott New portraying Boone and other living-history programs.

The events are sponsored by Fort Boonesborough State Park, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, Kentucky Humanities Council, and Fort Boonesborough Foundation.

For more information, go on the Web to www.fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org and click on “2009 Fort Schedule” or call (859) 527-3131, ext. 216.

Fort Boonesborough is located near Richmond. From I-75 take exit 95 to KY 627, or from I-64, exit at Winchester to KY 627 and follow the signs.

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