Heritage Day marks opening of Pioneer Town

By Hank Lohmeyer


Heritage Day marks opening of Pioneer Town | Heritage Day, Pioneer Town, Cedaredge

Photo by Hank Lohmeyer All roads lead to Pioneer Town this Saturday with the annual Heritage Day celebration and season opening.

This coming Saturday, May 27, is one of Surface Creek Valley's biggest celebrations of its proud history and of its rugged and visionary pioneer founders -- Heritage Day at Pioneer Town.

The day of special events also marks the official season opening of Pioneer Town. It includes half-price admissions to the Pioneer Town museum complex and special activities all suitable for cowboy hat and boot attire where everyone will have the chance to "Take a walk back in time."

Pioneer Town is a completely local, volunteer enterprise of the Surface Creek Valley Historical Society. The SCVHS is supported by its members, by many volunteers, by its friends, and by area businesses that want to help preserve the heritage of this area ­-- a heritage not only of orchards, livestock, agriculture, and water, but also of the people who built the institutions of this valley with the engines of personal initiative, individual responsibility, and mutual respect for family and neighbors.

Pioneer Town operates without government support.

Heritage Day will begin early with a community breakfast banquet at 7 a.m. hosted by VFW Post and Auxiliary 9221. They will be serving their famous all-you-can-eat, made-from-scratch, buttermilk pancakes and sides. The breakfast at the Stolte Shed is a fundraiser for the Post's activities all year round promoting patriotic observance, honoring veteran service, and supporting patriotic education.

At 10 a.m. the official opening events for Heritage Day begin at the Welcome Center. Organizers and volunteers promise it will be a day of cowboys and cowboy music including an exciting "gun fight" staged for entertainment, genealogy for those interested in their own past histories, live old fashioned blacksmithing, a petting zoo, quilting, wood carving, and horses and carriages.

Don't forget to visit the gift shop in the Welcome Center.

After the breakfast is finished at the Stolte Shed, it will transform in an hour's time into a display of local crafts and cottage industry enterprises beginning at 11 a.m. and running until day's end at 4 p.m. There may still be space for registration to have a display table at pioneertown.org., or by calling 856-4768.