Pioneer Days this Saturday at the museum

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, October 5, 2016



The Pioneer Museum of Alabama is primed and ready for its annual Pioneer Days event Friday and Saturday.

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Kelly Ormond, museum education and program coordinator, said more than 600 students from Dothan to Montgomery and everywhere in between will be at the pioneer museum Friday for a day of hands-on learning fun.

“We are always excited to have school groups and look forward having the kids on Friday,” Ormond said. “Of course, the public is welcome to join us on Friday.”

Pioneer Days on Saturday will offer the same demonstrations as Friday’s event and then some.

Pioneer Days is an opportunity for visitors to the museum to step back in time and experience the way life used to be.

“We’ll have a variety of demonstrations including woodworking, blacksmithing, rope making, spinning, quilting and Dutch over cooking,” Ormond said. “We’ll have someone in the Demonstration Cabin to talk about the daily life of pioneers.”

Ormond said there will be a model train display and the conductor will be available to talk about the steam engine and the role it played in the early days of Alabama.

“In the log church, Rev. Ed Shirley will be singing the favorite old hymns and visitors will be invited to join in,” Ormond said.

Al Bouler will be on grounds to talk with visitors and keep the legend of Davy Crockett alive. Bouler’s presentation of Davy Crockett is always a favorite among visitors to Pioneer Days.

The Wild West Show is always a popular event at Pioneer Days. Bruce and Vernelle Brannen put on a great show for all ages and enjoy sharing their knowledge of the Wild West with visitors, Ormond said.

In the Wild West tradition, there will be a tomahawk demonstration that will amaze and amuse.

“Also on the grounds, there will be a Civil War re-enactment group,” Ormond said.

“Wagon rides will be a special activity on Saturday and, new to Pioneer Days, we’ll have a silhouette artist. Pioneer Days is time for learning and fun for people of all ages and we invite everyone to join us.”

Concessions will be available and the picnic grounds will be open for those who would like to pack a picnic.

Admission is $10. Children ages five and under are admitted free. Museum members are admitted free. Groupons will not apply.