2017-08-17 / Front Page

Volunteers will be critical to keep Pioneer Day going


People of all ages flock from miles around to enjoy the unique and antiquated demonstrations at the annual Pioneer Day celebration, such as the apple press used to make homemade apple cider, however at the most recent meeting of the Lincoln County Historical Society, Pioneer Day was almost discontinued due to a lack in volunteer efforts (see story below). People of all ages flock from miles around to enjoy the unique and antiquated demonstrations at the annual Pioneer Day celebration, such as the apple press used to make homemade apple cider, however at the most recent meeting of the Lincoln County Historical Society, Pioneer Day was almost discontinued due to a lack in volunteer efforts (see story below). At its August monthly member­ship meeting, the Lincoln County Historical Society conducted a vote on whether to hold Pioneer Day this year, with concerns about having enough people to conduct the event driving the discussion.

By a small margin the Society voted to hold Pioneer Day (sched­uled for November 18), but it was clear that some things need to be changed in order to conduct the event, according to members.

Due to this, the Society is looking for local organizations or groups willing to take responsibility for certain areas of Pioneer Day. Some areas that could be covered by indi­vidual organizations are various as­pects of the food service operation; in fact the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners has already agreed to man the food concession which serves hot dogs, burgers, and bar­becue at the concession stand by the corn crib.

The Society is also looking to identify individual volunteers to fill various positions during the day. The Society would like to fill these positions in August so that last minute issues do not result.

“Pioneer Day is an important event both for the Society and for the community; I think it’s important that this tradition con­tinue. However, our members have pointed out that a number of the mainstays of our organization are quite up in age and are just not able to do what they’ve done in the past,” Society President Gary Edwards said. “With a shortage of people stepping in to fill these big shoes, it’s getting harder and harder each year to put on Pioneer Day. We need a lot of volunteers to help put this on.”

Edwards continued, pointing out, “There are two aspects to this need for people to put on the event. We need a large number of volunteers the day of the event, but our mem­bers are also raising a concern for the amount of work required before the day of the event, and the few people we have to do the prepara­tory work. The key to the future of Pioneer Day is how it goes this year, so a good supply of volunteers up front will help immensely.”

Pioneer Day has been held by the Lincoln County Historical Society for the last 20 years. It is the only day that the Society operates all of the attractions at the Lincoln County Historical Park.

“It is a fun-filled day of family entertainment, southern cooking, and living history demonstrations which attracts thousands of people each year,” Edwards added. “It also provides operating funds for the Society for the year.”

Organizations or people who want to be a part of putting on Pio­neer Day are encouraged to contact Edwards at 757-831-9556, or to visit the Lincoln County Historical Park on any Wednesday morning.

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