The annual Pioneer Craft Fair at the Grundy County Heritage Museum in Morrison. It happened on Sunday, September 8. It could have been the day before and taken place on a hot, sticky day. It could have taken place on the day after and been on a very, very hot day. Instead, it was on the second Sunday of September. That as it turns out is a day that for over thirty years has been a very good day for the event. For that reason, I don't think the folks in charge are going to stray from that date in the future.
There was a nice breeze. The clouds and sun played very well together and the folks on the museum grounds both exhibitors and participants enjoyed the results.
The children's activities have been the focus the past couple of events and evidence of that were the number of little ones running around the grounds. Two of them were my grandchildren who were experiencing their very first Pioneer Craft Fair Sydney (3) and Turner (1).
Sydney Williams with prizes from the haystack treasure hunt.
Photo courtesy by Kevin Williams
So, you see, I can report with firsthand experience what was a hit with them and many others. The haystack treasure hunt was a hit, as were the pony rides and the duck races. Rock painting was great. Young and older folks alike seemed to enjoy touching the animals in the petting zoo, riding the motorcar, and playing horseshoes. The bus was loaded with trip after trip out to the wildlife area north of town where the buckskinners and horsedrawn wagonrides were happening. The gunfire from the muzzleloading firearms was a little too much noise for Sydney but Turner didn't mind. Everybody loved the horses.
All of the museum facilities were open for viewing. Fish, turtles, and snakes were a hit with most people (I said most people!). They were a hit with my grandkids who'd ever guess that?
There was a German Heritage skit followed by entertainment by The Other Band. I saw plenty of people carrying around containers of homemade butter and stew. Many it appeared followed that with fry bread and kettle corn for dessert. I am pretty sure that between the members of my family everything on the grounds was sampled. That includes all of the food being offered for sale in the Heritage Center.
After a stop to learn about bees, I visited with the Civil War Roundtable members for a wonderful living history lesson. Then I watched how barns were built years ago at the timber framing demonstration and then over to the prospecting area to look for gold.
At four o'clock came the drawing for the Chuck Frietag print. The lucky winner was Al Hansen. We told everyone goodbye and Seth and his family headed back home. All that remained was the cleanup. And I know everyone reading this knows how much fun cleanup is. But it was a good day.
If you missed it, mark the second Sunday of September on your next year's calendar.