By Tina Taylor
This will be the 29th year that the Fair Park Senior Center has had the longest running festival in the area. The Pioneer Day Heritage Festival is the main fundraiser for the year to help support and match funding for the nonprofit senior center.
Every September, the Cumberland County Committee Complex Fairgrounds takes a step back in time, remembering how life was when this country was new and ancestors had to make everything from scratch. Kids today cannot begin to understand. It can be up to their grandparents and family to educate them so maybe they can appreciate the good things we have today.
Pioneer Day is a fun-filled family day with Revolutionary and Civil War soldiers, cowboys and Native Americans. There are lots of music, singing, dancing, crafts, cakewalks, inflatables with free horse and wagon rides, kiddy train rides and much more.
This year will be even better than ever before, as the Plateau Animal Hospital will be joining in on all the fun with the Great Outdoor Dog Challenge. Everyone loves dogs. Enter your hard-working dog or enjoy the show as the competition begins in raccoon treeing, retrieving competition, agility course, pointing competition and weight pulling. There will also be dock diving. So don’t get to close! It is sure to be fun.
Pioneer Day is currently taking applications from folks who have been taught how to make things like it was done in years gone by. If you have any of the skills to make heritage items and would like to set up and demonstrate, please contact the Fair Park Senior Center. Any educational and interesting booths are also encouraged to attend. All artists and crafters are welcome to set up their booth either indoors or outdoors at the festival and sell their items.
All food vendors will be required to set up their tents outside. Electricity and water are available. Participants will be able to set up the day before the festival. The fee is minimum, and no sales commission will be collected from exhibitors.
The Pioneer Day Heritage Festival will be Saturday, Sept. 14, for one day only. Return completed application and fee before Sept. 7.
If you would like more information on this wonderful festival, and how you can become a part of the fun, just contact the Fair Park Senior Center at 484-7416. Applications can be picked up at the center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is across the street from the Cumberland County Fairgrounds at 1433 Livingston Rd. in Crossville. You can also grab an application by going to their website at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org /special events.