Phil Gray strengthened Bill’s point when he noted that Fort Boonesborough has numerous events (Fireside Chats, trade fairs, Women on the Frontier, Woodsman’s Weekend, battles and the Siege) that might not be possible without the support of the Fort Boonesborough Foundation.
I further learned that the foundation has procured (1) a magnificent buffalo hide, (2) an elk hide, (3) a bear hide, (4) iron kettles, (5) presenters and various other items and services that state funding might not cover. Perhaps most important is the emphasis the Foundation places on supporting the educational aspects of Fort Boonesborough.
At their annual meeting on January 10, 2008 the Foundation discussed and approved incentive/recognition programs for re-enactors and demonstrated a profound appreciation for re-enactors. The Foundation also voted to provide several thousand dollars in support of the park.
It just makes sense that more and better events result in more and better publicity which results in more opportunities for re-enactors.