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Ken Hill hosts primitives encampment W of Glens Fork, KY

Third annual "2 Creeks" Primitives Encampment and Shooting Match Participants at encampment come from three states, who came to Adair County for the event despite icy roads.
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By Ken Hill

Poor travel conditions kept several regular participants away, but a hearty bunch braved near-zero temperatures and 20 mph winds, to attend the 3rd annual "2 Creeks* Primitives Encampment and Shooting Match. Participants from three states camped in canvas tents, while dressed in pre-1840 clothing.


Scott Illsley from Edinburg, PA, won the shoot, while local Adair County boy Gene Fudge, and host, Ken Hill, Glens Fork, finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Adair County youth were winners, too. Jake Hill was 1st in the under 18 category, and 4th overall. Alex Fudge was second in the youth category.

In the competition, shooters go through a "woodswalk", shooting a variety of targets of varying sizes and difficulty. Only sidelock muzzleloaders may be used. While some shooters use the later percussion locks, the top 5 shooters at the competition were all shooting historically correct flintlock rifles.

There were a total of 14 participants, 15 if Mr. Richard Phelps, the actor, were included. The celebrated re-enactor was present for approximately two hours Saturday night, before being called away to other duties.

The 14 who gathered in Adair County, KY, for the event despite icy roads, in addition to welcome camp visitor Mr. Richard Phelps, were Host Ken Hill - Columbia, KY; Jake Hill - Columbia; Gene Fudge - Columbia; Alex Fudge - Columbia; Cheryl Tillery - Columbia; Greg Estes - Hustonville, KY; Joe Vanardale - Columbia; Anthony Hines - Somerset, KY; Guy Kroll - Kingston, PA; Scott Illsley - Kingston, PA; Ed Zeransky - Pittsburg, PA; Tom Sawyer - Cincinnati, OH; Preston Coomer - Columbia, KY and Mike Gilkey - Greenville, KY.

It was my pleasure to host the Third Annual Event. As the host I worried about the weather, but everyone was in high spirits, and had a grand time in spite of the bitter cold. - Ken
*Two Creeks - The Primitives Encampment is named for the two creeks which run through the remote location, Crocus Creek and Tres Creek, a name seen on historic maps of the area.


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Hearty Band: 3rd Annual 2 Creeks Primitives Encampment



2018-01-15 - Glens Fork area of Adair County, KY - Photo from Ken Hill.
Third annual "2 Creeks" Primitives Encampment and Shooting Match Participants at encampment came from three states, who came to Adair County, KY, for the event despite icy roads. Above, in no particular order are: Host Ken Hill - Columbia, KY; Jake Hill - Columbia; Gene Fudge - Columbia; Alex Fudge - Columbia; Cheryl Tillery - Columbia; Greg Estes - Hustonville, KY; Joe Vanardale - Columbia; Anthony Hines - Somerset, KY; Guy Kroll - Kingston, PA; Scott Illsley - Kingston, PA; Ed Zeransky - Pittsburg, PA; Tom Sawyer - Cincinnati, OH; Preston Coomer - Columbia, KY and Mike Gilkey - Greenville, KY. - Ken Hill

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Period authentic structure at Two Creeks encampment



2018-01-15 - Two Creeks Primitive Encampment, Glens Fork area, Adair County, KY - Photo from Ken Hill.
A popular gathering place at the past weekend, January 12-14, 2018, at 3rd annual "2 Creeks* Primitives Encampment and Shooting Match was this authentic permanent structure, what Daniel Boone called a "half-faced-shelter" - snug when compared to canvas enclosures. This photo was taken with advance party visitors on Thursday, January 12, 2018, with, from left, Cheryl Tillery, Columbia, KY; Guy Kroll of Pennsylvania; Jake Hill of Glens Fork, KY; Preston Coomer of Columbia, KY; and Scott Illsley of Pennysylvania. I built this shelter in honor of Daniel Boone, who lived in a similar one with his wife, Rebecca, for a full winter. Have to say, we probably couldn't have made it through the encampment without this structure. It accommodates up to seven, and the fire, with the reflector free stone masonry wall, kept those in each rotation relatively warm, and it was the only place in the camp where water didn't freeze. It is sited to make use of prevailing winds, which helped more than most would think. Ken Hill

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3rd Annual 2 Creeks Primitives Encampment



2018-01-16 - Near Glens Fork, KY - Photo by Ken Hill.
An Arctic-like encampment at the January 12-14, 2018, at 3rd annual "2 Creeks* Primitives Encampment and Shooting Match; most stay in the white canvas tents, rotating to the camp's "half-faced-shelter" - snug when compared to canvas enclosures. Ken Hill, the host says that without the half-faced-shelter, the shooters would have like had to disband.

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