Pioneer Day Celebration in Brooksville, Florida on Nov. 1

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Pioneer Day Celebration in Brooksville, Florida on Nov. 1In celebration of the spirited 19th-century adventurers who settled the state, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Chinsegut Nature Center in Brooksville will host its 13th annual Pioneer Day Celebration on Sat., Nov. 1.  

The family-oriented gala is a festive exploration of Florida’s cultural and historical past.  Visitors will experience the age-old sights, sounds and smells of early peninsular existence while listening to live music of the period.  Festivities will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ride a horse-drawn wagon; enter a skillet-throwing contest; see a blacksmith in action; use a two-man saw; and enjoy demonstrations of corn grinding, quilting, spinning, Spanish moss weaving, medicinal remedies and other pioneer survival skills that highlight the event. 

The festival also features a kid’s sack race, pie-eating contest and pioneer costume contest, hand-cranked ice cream, kettle corn and other period foods.  Learn about cider making, soap making, basket weaving, butter churning and listen to an expert turkey caller work a homemade box call.

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 property.

Families will learn how to carry on the conservation legacy of our pioneering ancestors by making the best use of native materials and recycling – and better yet, it’s all fun and games.

Lunch and merchandise are available for purchase from exhibitors.  In-service credit is available for teachers.  A suggested donation of $1 per person helps support Chinsegut Nature Center programs, including Pioneer Day.

For an adventure into history, visit Pioneer Day at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Chinsegut Nature Center, 7 miles north of Brooksville, 1 mile west of U.S. 41 on County Road 476.  Additional parking via a shuttle will be available at nearby Eden Baptist Church.

For more information about Pioneer Day, visit MyFWC.com/Chinsegut or contact the Chinsegut Nature Center at 352-754-6722.