Fall Fest at Pioneer Village Nov. 2 and 3

Oct 31st, 2013 | By admin | Category: Entertainment

By Elizabeth Heard,

Chairman Pioneer Village

Pioneer Village, also known as the White County Historic Museum, Searcy, AR, will hold their annual Fall Fest on November 2 and November 3. Having grown each year, since the first one was held in 2008, this event will be the largest so far.

The Village is composed of a collection of late 19th century buildings, saved from around White County, that represent life as it was not only in White County but in almost every county in Arkansas in the late 1800’s.  All the Village buildings will be open for viewing including our newest addition, a log cabin, still under construction. The logs used to replicate the cabin are more than 100 years old and came from an old house torn down several years ago. It was not known that the logs were under the stucco finish on the house until the demolition started. Apparently one end of the house had started out as a log cabin and then had been built onto over the years. Various out buildings from the farm as well as farm tools, farming equipment, and tractors will also be on display.

Volunteers, in period costumes, will answer questions about the buildings, as well as demonstrate various pioneer crafts, including blacksmithing, spinning, quilting, leather working, woodworking and more.

Handmade items will be for sale including aprons, bonnets, and walking sticks. Also, for sale are hand-made pioneer toys, made by village craftsman, Tom Dunn, Letona. The chuck wagon master, Johnny Kee, Beebe, will be cooking in Dutch ovens over an open campfire. Be sure and get a sample of his food. His biscuits, cooked over an open fire, are the best!

Antique tractors, furnished by the Little Red River Fly Wheelers Tractor club, Pangburn, AR. will be on display.  Arkansas Traveler Hobbies, Bald Knob, Ar. will be running toy trains in the old Garner Depot. Both little and big kids love the trains.  Other crafters will be selling local honey, fudge, wooden kettle corn, bird houses, White County grown and processed sorghum, jams, jellies, cedar boxes, soaps and lotions, hand-made wooden cutting boards, salsa and pickles, wooden bowls and bracelets and your picture as an old tin type or wanted poster. More are being added every day.  Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.  Pioneer games and activities for children include a jump-off to see who can jump the most times on the jump rope. The live farm animals are always a big hit.  The Sons of Confederate Veterans from the General Dandridge McRae, Camp 397, Searcy, AR. will be in uniform. They will display their cannons and will be shooting them periodically throughout the event.  There is truly something for everyone regardless of age! Come and spend the day with us for a walk through time.

The hours are Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 3 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The village is located at 1200 Higginson Street, Searcy, behind Land O’Frost. Admission and parking are free.  Donations are accepted. All donations are used for the sole purpose of improving and growing the village.

Pioneer Village is a preservation project of the White County Historical Society, a non-profit organization.  For more information, please call (501) 580-6633 or (501) 278-5010