Pioneer Day Celebration is all fun and games
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Media contact: Joy Hill, 352-258-3426
In celebration of the spirited 19th-century
adventurers who settled Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's (FWC) Chinsegut Nature Center in
Brooksville will host its 15th annual Pioneer Day Celebration on
Saturday, Nov. 6.
The family-oriented celebration will be a festive
exploration of Florida's cultural and historical past. Participants
will see and learn how they can continue the conservation legacy of
our ancestors by naturally recycling, composting and making the
best use of native materials. And, better yet, it's all fun and
There will be a skillet-throwing contest, kids sack
race and pie-eating and pioneer costume contests. Authentic
re-creations of a Seminole camp and the Bishop Family living
history demonstration will bring to life the spirit that was
Florida in the 1800s. The festival will feature demonstrations of
arts, crafts and other life skills developed by Florida's early
settlers. Festivities will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A suggested
donation of $1 per person helps support Chinsegut programs,
including Pioneer Day.
Visitors will experience the age-old sights, sounds
and smells of early peninsular Florida existence while listening to
live music of the period. They'll get to ride a horse-drawn wagon,
see archery in action, participate in using two-man saws, and enjoy
demonstrations of cow milking, quilting, spinning, rope making,
medicinal remedies and other pioneer survival skills. They'll learn
about cider making, soap making, basket weaving, butter churning
and listen to an expert turkey caller work a homemade box call.
The festival also will feature hand-cranked ice
cream, kettle corn and other period foods.
The Chinsegut Nature Center is on land once
homesteaded by the Bishops, an honest-to-goodness pioneer family,
the remnants of whose 19th-century dwelling still exist on the
Activities will occur throughout the day. Lunch and
merchandise are available for purchase from exhibitors. In-service
credit is available for teachers with county approval.
Free parking for the event will be available, with
shuttles at the Withlacoochee Training Center, approximately one
mile north of the intersection of U.S. 41 and C.R. 476. On-site
parking will be available for disabled people.
For more information about Pioneer Day, visit
MyFWC.com/Chinsegut or contact the Chinsegut Nature Center at