This fall Wayne County Historical Society is celebrating 75 years of preserving Wayne County history. Topping off this celebration is the 17th Annual Fall Pioneer Festival at Prairie Trails Museum of Wayne County planned for Saturday, Oct. 6 beginning at 2 p.m.

Demonstrations on almost forgotten crafts will take place throughout the event. Joan Byrns and Kristi McDonald will help you try your hand at weaving a rug on a loom. The importance of early blacksmith work will be demonstrated by Bill Shoup.

A variety of old fashioned games and crafts will be available for kids to experience. Popular activities will make for a fun afternoon at the museum including jumping rope, making corn husk dolls, painting pumpkins, getting (temporary) tattoos, taking photos in the scarecrow photo booth or winning a sweet treat in the cake walk.

Brenda Beckner will be telling the story at the machine shed of the 1853 log cabin and the family that once lived there. The cabin is now safely inside and has stood the test of time.

Dale Clark will be set up in the main brick building to talk about the Native Americans that once lived in this area. His collection of pottery that was made in similar style to ancient pottery will be on display. Decatur County resident Dale Young will have his personal collection of items on display from the Civil War as he shares information.

The lobby in the main building will feature The Laplanders Quild Show as they showcase quilts made by several talented local ladies. In front of the Heritage Barn during the afternoon don’t miss your chance to win a delicious cake in the cakewalk.

Bill Downs and the Whiners will be in the Heritage Barn entertaining guests with their music. There will be food available for purchase. A hot dog stand will be set up by the museum, as well as kettle corn from Ma & Pa Kettle Corn trailer.

Raffle tickets will be sold for the chance to win a beautiful knife made by Terry Jellison. The handle is made of elk horn from a local elk residing at the Corydon Lake Park while featuring a stainless steel blade. Tickets may be purchased for $1 each or six for $5. The ticket for the winner will be drawn that evening. Winner does not need to be present for drawing.

This is your chance to have an unforgettable afternoon of old-fashioned fun!

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