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Pioneer Day Celebration is all fun and games

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200

In celebration of the spirited 19th-century adventurers who settled Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Chinsegut Conservation Center in Brooksville will host its 16th annual Pioneer Day Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 5. Festivities will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The family-oriented celebration is a festive exploration of Florida's cultural and historical past. Participants will see and learn about the conservation legacy of our ancestors and how to continue that heritage by naturally recycling, catching water in a wooden rain barrel and making the best use of native materials. And, better yet, it's all fun and games.

Visitors will experience the age-old sights, sounds and smells of early peninsular Florida existence while listening to live music of the period; seeing archery demonstrations; participating in using a two-man saw; and enjoying demonstrations of cow milking, quilting, spinning, rope making, tanning and other pioneer survival skills. Learn about making candles and soap and weaving baskets, and listen to an expert turkey caller work a homemade box call. The festival also features freshly squeezed lemonade, roasted corn and other period foods.

The Chinsegut Conservation 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 property. Authentic re-creations of a Seminole Indian camp and the Bishop family living history demonstration will bring to life the spirit that was Florida in the 1800s.

Activities will occur throughout the day. Lunch and merchandise will be 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 running from the parking area at the Withlacoochee Training Center, approximately one mile north of the intersection of U.S. 41 and County Road 476. On-site parking at the Conservation Center is available for people with disabilities.

A suggested donation of $1 per person helps support Chinsegut programs, including Pioneer Day. There is also a $5 raffle to win one of the following prizes: a rain barrel, a bat house or a $100 gift certificate from A Hitch 'N Time for a horse-drawn wagon ride.

For more information about Pioneer Day, visit or contact the Chinsegut Conservation Center at 352-754-6722.

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