Awaken Your Spirit of Adventure at Luce Pioneer Day

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MADISON, S.D. – Become a part of living history June 14 at Luce Pioneer Day at Lake Herman State Park near Madison. 

The event, a tradition for many years in the Madison area, celebrates the original pioneers who homesteaded in Lake County with family activities, entertainment and historical demonstrations. It is named in honor of Herman Luce, one of the first settlers in the area and builder of the historic 1872 Luce Cabin, which still stands in the park.

“It really is amazing to see how people lived back then,” said Park Manager Vicki Seger. “and the best part about Pioneer Day is that there really is something for everyone. Even if you just go for a stroll around the park and stop in for a few minutes, you are sure to find something fun and educational for your whole family.”

Pioneer Day activities begin at 10 a.m. and run throughout the day. Visitors can try butter churning, candle making, apple pressing, toy tin punch making, wash day fun, weaving, rope making, gold panning, beading, sun bonnet making, quilting, spinning and pioneer toy making.

Entertainment will be provided by the HarmoniKatz and the Schumacker Family Fiddlers, and the Herman Luce Players, who will present a historic account of Herman Luce and his friends. The South Dakota Trappers Association will also present a rendition of a mountain man rendevous.

Vendors include Old Mountain Trading – homemade art, crafts and trade goods; Queen of the Prairie Honey – honey sales and bee demonstration; Un-Wine-D – new shapes for old bottles; Diamond Willow Carving – hand carved art; Hearth & Home Soap – natural bath essentials; Back Porch Herbs – organic herbs; Kahl’s Kettle Korn and Creative Concessions. Almost Home Pet Rescue tent will also be set up on site providing information about their organization and pets needing homes.  

All activities and entertainment are free, although a state park entrance license is required.

For more information on Luce Pioneer Day, contact Lake Herman State Park at (605) 256-5003.