The Camp County Chamber of Commerce and the Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Museum will present the second annual event. It will be held at First United Methodist Church Ministry Center at 115 Mt. Pleasant Street.
The festival, a longtime Pittsburg event that years ago evolved into what is now ChickFest, was revived in 2009. Participants will take step back in time, as a turn-of-the-century theme encompasses the Pioneer Days events.
“This event is completely different with it emphasis on days gone by. The partnership we have with the Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Museum makes the past come alive during this new tradition for Pittsburg,” said Lynda Stringer, the chamber’s executive director. “Imagine what it would have been like at the county fair in 1900. That’s the feel we’re going for with Pioneer Days.”
Arts and crafts vendors will offer handcrafted items only, including wooden toys, jewelry, stained glass, handmade, soaps frames, game boards metal art and much more. Food booths will include old-fashioned Dutch over cooking. There will be historical demonstrations, including a spinning wheel and blacksmithing. A large selection of quilts will also be on display. Live entertainment will feature the Northeast Texas Dulcimer Chorus and a group of local fiddlers. Activities will include mule team wagon rides, tours of the Farmstead and Depot museums, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, sack races, horseshoes and washers.
Booth rental applications are available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 202 Jefferson Street. Booth space is $20 for commercial vendors and free for non-profit organizations, which are encouraged to set up booths as fundraisers.
Organizers welcome other historical experts or actors to sign up to demonstrate their craft, such as glass blowing, clay making, square dancing or historical reenactments. Acoustic acts and street performers are also encouraged to participate.
For more information and an application, contact Lynda Stringer at 903-856-3442 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are also available online at www.pittsburgchamber.com.