One of the area’s favorite events for families with young children takes place Friday and Saturday at the Union County Heritage Museum.
The museum will have its 9th annual Heritage Pioneer Days, a living history event that shows off the rural life of the area in days gone by.
Students from area schools will be at the museum Friday for a variety of activities. The public is invited to come Saturday; the hours are 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and there’s a long list of activities. Manpower, mule power, making do, shaped note singing and lots of other rural heritage activities will be on display.
There will be contests and trophies to win for sack racing, egg and spoon racing, watermelon seed spitting, pea shelling and other things to keep the youngsters busy.
Children and their parents will have a change to see where butter and milk come from and visit a country store and a one-room school house. Making a fire by rubbing sticks together, banjo picking, dulcimer playing and lumberjack dancing also will be demonstrated.
New activities include rope making and log cabin building.
In addition to all the Pioneer Days activities, it’s a chance to look around the museum and see a little bit about the history of Union County. The museum is bursting at the seams with exhibits as it heads toward its 20th anniversary year.
A museum is one of the things that makes a community’s quality of life better and the Union County Heritage Museum certainly fits that description. Director Jill Smith and her staff and volunteers do a dedicated job on a small budget.
Check out the Heritage Pioneer Days Saturday or visit the museum on a quieter day. You’ll enjoy your visit.