Re-enactor John Morgan was the lucky recipient of the first Re-Enactor Appreciation Prize awarded by The Fort Boonesborough Foundation. Each year registered re-enactors drop their name in the “hat” every time they participate in an event at Fort Boonesborough. All prizes have traditionally been awarded at Winter Trade Days - the last official event of the season. But in 2010 The Fort Boonesborough Foundation suggested a change in the drawing for the smoothbore flintlock gun. The Siege of Boonesborough always has the highest number of participants of all fort events, so the drawing, for the gun only was made during Siege weekend so that all could enjoy the fun and excitement of the raffle.
This year’s winning re-enactor is a long time friend of Fort Boonesborough and former employee who supports all of the events at the fort. Along with the change in when this prize was awarded was the stipulation that the winner was present at the Siege. So John received the gun amid cheers from the crowd and was able to use it over the weekend.
Park Manager Phil Gray, said “We really appreciate everyone’s support of the Siege Re-enactment, and it seems like a great way to say thanks, by having someone who is present for the event go home with a new gun.” The drawing for all other items in the program will be done as always, during the Winter Trade Days weekend on November 27-28, 2010.