46th Annual Pioneer Day

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Cat Bobo
Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

46th Annual Pioneer Day

Rise and shine this Saturday for Pioneer Day in Loachapoka! Formerly known as the Syrup Soppin and Historical Fair, this 9-hour festival goes from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the tiny town of Loachapoka, located just a few miles west of Auburn. Pioneer Day is a family-friendly event and is free to attend.

Now in its 46th year, this syrup-making festival is known for being just that. Attendees are able to watch as mules grind the very sugar cane they snack on. Other tasty treats are made on-site, such as the famous sweet potato biscuits, sweet potato fritters, fried pies, camp stew, smoked turkey legs, kettle corn, boiled peanuts, BBQ and more.

Guests can explore the 140-year old museum and historical buildings scattered throughout the park and enjoy watching numerous pioneer demonstrations that include blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, basketry, open-hearth cooking and more. The Poarch Creek dancers will also be making performing.

Children can dig for peanuts in the garden, pick cotton and sweet potatoes, take a pony ride, enjoy the petting zoo, and climb the rock wall.

Over 100 arts and crafts vendors will be set up throughout the park selling everything from local honey and granola to homemade soaps. Live music will be performed on the Pioneer Park stage featuring bluegrass, country, old-time and gospel music.

For more information about Pioneer Day, visit www.leecountyhistoricalsociety.org.  

 

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