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In the 23 years since the first Pioneer Day on the Mountain kicked off, this annual heritage festival has grown into a Cumberland County tradition.

Odds are, you may remember when butter was churned and when soap making and weaving were not only mountain skills but a way of life. Today, most of us can only imagine what those times were like. That's the appeal and attraction of Pioneer Day — it gives us an opportunity to experience "the good old days" up close and personal.

This year's mix of heritage demonstrators, non-stop entertainment, traditional and contemporary crafters, and good eats promises to be the best yet. Learn how goat soap is made, how to spin rabbit hair, and discover life as a camp follower during the Civil War — all at Pioneer Day!

Youngsters will have a blast with the scavenger hunt,

"make-it-and-take-it" crafts, free train and wagon rides, and other special activities planned just for them.

New this year is the Vintage Car Show, sponsored by the Crossville Cruisers. Festival goers can take a walk down memory lane and see the cars of their youth as well as many classic cars in mint condition.

Rising stars can shine in the Amateur Talent Contest competition. Now in its second year, the Amateur Talent Contest draws attention to regional talent in a variety of types of entertainment limited only by the contestants' imaginations — singing, dancing, comedy — the sky's the limit.

Come take a walk back in time on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the 23rd annual Pioneer Day on the Mountain Heritage Festival at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds. Gates are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; admission is $5 for adults, children 12 and under can come in free.

Reminder: Fair Park's brand-new scrapbooking class is now under way! The class is held every Tuesday at 1 p.m. and is led by Jodi Braunsdorf, a professional scrapbooker. There will be a materials charge of $5 per class; please call the center at 484-7416 if you have any other questions.

To keep informed about Fair Park's activities and to learn about its partnerships with its corporate sponsors for 2007, you can visit the center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also visit the center's Web site at www.fairparkseniorcenter.org to keep up-to-date on the latest programs and activities that are being offered as well as online versions of the center's monthly newsletter "Newsline." Take advantage of the resources that Fair Park offers — get involved, and become part of the fun!

Tuesday, Aug. 21

•8 a.m. — TOPS meeting.

•9 a.m. — Line dance class with Beverly Bilbrey — class full.

•10 a.m. — Advanced Tai Chi with Diane Parvin.

•10 a.m. — Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type class with Larry Nesbit.

•11:30 a.m. — Beginner Tai Chi with Angie Bedard — class full.

•1 p.m. — Ceramics class with Ida Wiley.

•1 p.m. — Scrapbooking — new class. Cost is $5 per class.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

Senior Day at the Fair — starts at 8:30 a.m. at the fairgrounds.

•8 a.m. — AARP Driver Safety Course Part 1 — call for reservation.

•9 a.m. — Blood pressure check by CMC Home Health.

•10 a.m. — Beginning computers with Lois Wenzell — class full.

•12 p.m. — Canasta with David Rule.

•12:30 p.m. — Creative Quilters — canceled this week.

•1 p.m. — Cribbage with Andy Bertolino — everyone welcome.

•1 p.m. — Guitar forum with Dan Lockard and Jack Melling.

•2:30 p.m. — Fiddle class with Roger Totten.

Thursday, Aug. 23

•8 a.m. — Table tennis.

•10 a.m. — Beginner Spanish with Elsa Carmelino.

•10 a.m. — Veggie bingo.

•12:30 p.m. — Intermediate Spanish class with Elsa Carmelino.

•12:30 p.m. — Crafting with Sandy Davis.

•12:30 p.m. — Bridge Bunch.

•1 p.m. — Ceramics with Eileen O'Barsky.

•1 p.m. — Euchre with Tommy Cole.

•2 p.m. — Senior chess club — open play, everyone welcome.

•6:30 p.m. — Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type class with Larry Nesbit — canceled this evening.

Friday, Aug. 24

•8 a.m. — AARP Driver Safety Course Part 2 — call for reservation.

•10 a.m. — Bridge fundamentals — canceled this week.

•10:15 a.m. — Brown Insurance Group presentation on identity theft.

•10:45 a.m. — CMC bingo.

•12:30 p.m. — Bridge class with Roger Holyer-Black.

•1 p.m. — Advanced computers with Russ Gross.

•2:45 p.m. — Advanced computers with Russ Gross.

Monday, Aug. 27

•8 a.m. — Table tennis.

•10 a.m. — Veggie bingo.

•10:30 a.m. — Advanced French class with Yvette Dolan — on hiatus until October.

•12:30 p.m. — Pinochle with David Rule.

•12:30 p.m. — Bridge Bunch.

•1 p.m. — Cribbage with Andy Bertolino — everyone welcome.

•1 p.m. — My Medicare Matters Navigator class — call for reservation.

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