2017-10-26 / Front Page

Country Store in need of donations for upcoming Pioneer Day festival


Lincoln County Historical Society board of directors member (right) Nobie Dean Hawes and (left) vice president Buddy Hawes, along with (background) Louise Waters and several other Society members gathered together to pick turnip greens recently, which will be cooked at served at the upcoming Pioneer Day festival set for Saturday, No­vember 18. Lincoln County Historical Society board of directors member (right) Nobie Dean Hawes and (left) vice president Buddy Hawes, along with (background) Louise Waters and several other Society members gathered together to pick turnip greens recently, which will be cooked at served at the upcoming Pioneer Day festival set for Saturday, No­vember 18. The shelves at the Historical Park’s Country Store are currently bare, and in need of baked goods and hand-made items to fill up the vacancies for the annual Pioneer Day celebration.

With Pioneer Day just around the corner – slated for Saturday, November 18, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – help, as always, is requested from the community.

“This Pioneer Day has been es­pecially challenging; a very small group picked and prepared turnip greens the second week of October and we’ve had a good response to our request for volunteers the day of the event (though more are always appreciated), but volunteers are needed for the week or two before Pioneer Day to help complete the preparations,” Lincoln County Historical Society President Gary Edwards said. “Additionally, we really need donated items to sell in the Country Store. The community has supported us well in the past by providing baked goods and we’ll need baked goods again this year, but we are also concerned about other things for the Country Store. We need hand-made craft-type items such as pot holders, aprons, bonnets, and more to fill our shelves in the Country Store.”

Pioneer Day is the Historical Society’s biggest annual event, and the only day that all the venues in the park are operated. This year also marks the 21st annual Pioneer Day, which will celebrate one of Lincoln County’s best tradition – there will be living history displays, southern cooking, an interesting history talk in the schoolhouse, and an antique tractor show.

“Some people come just for the vendors who are specifically chosen to match the spirit of Pioneer Day,” Edwards said.

The Old 96 Model A Car Club will also be in attendance, and a “People’s Choice” cash prize for old cars will be awarded.

“The Lincoln County Histori­cal Park is very unique – this is a small county and assembling such an elaborate park was a true ac­complishment. I’m not sure that our citizens appreciate how unique it is. Pioneer Day is a great event, and the best way to appreciate it is to help put it on, either by volunteering or donating items, or both. It’s a lot of work but when it’s over you feel like you’ve done something really worthwhile for both the Society and the community,” Edwards said.

The president added, “A great number of our guests come from outside the county and we routinely get comments about how nice our folks are – we need lots of local sup­port to continue to show off what a great place Lincoln County is. We’ll be here Wednesday, November 15, and Friday, November 17, setting up, and we’d love to see folks stop by to donate hand-made items on Wednesday or Friday, and baked goods on Friday.”

Those interested in volunteering or donating items for Pioneer Day are encouraged to contact Edwards at 757-831-9556.

Pioneer Day is always held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

The Lincoln County Historical Park is located at 147 Lumber Street in Lincoln.

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