The Antique Village, a “hidden gem” at the South end of the fairgrounds. Worth a look while you are at the 64th NTA Convention and it costs you nothing to take it all in. And you don’t even have to WALK! One of the “People Movers” will take you down there.


2023 National Trappers Association Convention

and Outdoor Show

U.P. State Fairgrounds, Escanaba, Michigan

*July 27 – 29, 2023*

Welcome to Antique Village

The village will be open for your enjoyment during the 2023 NTA Convention in Escanaba.

This hidden gem on the South end of the fairgrounds is worth the walk, or a ride on one of the “People Movers.” Step back in time and explore many of the businesses and services that would have been found in a bustling town circa 1900. You’ll find a variety of shops and working displays that offer insight into the past, with an emphasis on regional history. Local artisans demonstrate traditional handicrafts. Many of these creations are available for purchase. Evoking the feel of a by-gone era, Antique Village is an interactive learning experience and offers almost two full acres of shops and displays.

Volunteers at the village hope you enjoy your visit and will assist you in every way they can. If you have any questions about something you see in the Village, please ask. Staff members and vendors are happy to talk with you.

Most of the Village Shops will be open for the entire 3 days of the National Trappers Convention.  Shop hours are from 11:00 to 5:00 p.m., except for the Scoop & Float Ice Cream Shop which will be open Noon to 5:00 p.m. and the Cook Shack, which will be open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Their breakfast menu will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and the lunch/dinner menu will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Various demos will be held at some of the shops: There will be demonstrations at the Blacksmith Shop of rope making (and many different types of blacksmithing), weaving demos will be given all day at the Textile Shop, the Sawmill will run on Saturday all day except during lunch break. The Agriculture Museum will be open every day of the Convention with the same hours as the Shops.  There will be knitting demos at the Knit N Stitch throughout the day.  Spinning and knitting will also be held at the Fiber Boutique throughout the day. The Telegraph Office and Railroad Museum will have displays operating throughout the Convention.  Dean’s Barber Shop will be open for haircuts and conversation! Shops will have items for sale such as felted hats, knitted items of clothing, dish cloths and towels, socks, candles, teddy bears, jams, soaps, glassware, rocks, pottery, baked goods including cheesecakes, weaved rugs, fudge, and ice cream.