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Large crowds are expected for Pioneer Day festivities


Just like last year, large crowds are expected at this year’s annual Pioneer Day celebration, as an estimated 3,000 visitors from Lincoln County and beyond flooded the park to peruse the many historic structures, as well as the wide variety of crafty vendors present for the 2016 event. Just like last year, large crowds are expected at this year’s annual Pioneer Day celebration, as an estimated 3,000 visitors from Lincoln County and beyond flooded the park to peruse the many historic structures, as well as the wide variety of crafty vendors present for the 2016 event. The Lincoln County Historical Society will hold its 21st annual Pioneer Day on Saturday, November 18, at the Lincoln County Historical Park, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and ad­mission is free to the public.

Pioneer Day is the only day when guests can see all of the attractions of the park in operation. From the grist mill to the cotton gin, black­smithing demonstrations to the cane syrup press, this special festival both highlights and preserves a hard­working way of life that so often gets lost in history.

After a short opening ceremony at 10 a.m., there will be a day full of entertainment at the Lewis Family Pavilion, including performances from the Lincoln County Red Devil Band, and gospel music by performed by local churches, as well as the Epps Family and Clarke Kesler.

The Hillbillies in Training (HIT) String Band, under the direction of David Donehoo, will also perform in the vicinity of the log cabin.

This annual even promises some­thing for every age and audience as volunteers don period costuming and demonstrate how to use the park’s grist mill, cotton gin, syrup press, and saw mill. There will also be demonstrations of apple cider making, soap making, and black­smithing.

Muzzle loading displays, histori­cal talks, and tours of the historical buildings will also be conducted throughout the day.

Guests can also expect wagon rides for the kids, antique cars and tractors to peruse, and will even have a chance to shop at the Wood­lawn Country store. Of course the festival’s annual smorgasbord of southern cooking will return for another year to feed the incoming crowds.

“It’s a fun-filled day of family entertainment, living history dem­onstrations, southern cooking, and even an antique tractor show – you won’t want to miss it!” Historical Society President Gary Edwards said. “We try to make Pioneer Day a little different and hopefully a little better every year, so new guests will be favorably impressed and those that return every year will find something new and interesting as well.”

Thanks were also extended to members of the Historical Society who do substantially all of the main­tenance on the park though their volunteered labor.

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

For more information, contact Edwards at 757-831-9556.

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