Last January as we began planning our quarterly primary activities, I was quick to suggest something with a pioneer theme. And our Pioneer party just grew from that.
The activity was from 10-12 with a ward potluck (boasting pioneer themed foods: stews, cornbreads, cobblers, etc.) at noon. We had several activities for people to participate in at their leisure. These included:
Crafts-yarn dolls and soap whittling
and Butter Churning.
We also had some physical activities and competitions planned. We had relay races including: three legged, potato sack, and the wheel barrow. Plus we had the traditional stick pulling competition.
(I tried one, and lost. Brett did better winning one match and losing another.) We also had great fiddling music to enhance the mood of the event. We were going to finish up with some square dancing, but everyone was having so much fun with the other activities we never got to the square dancing. I'm thinking we'll just save it for next year.
I love being part of the planning of activities like this. Its fun to set up and decorate. And it's fun to watch everything come together and be successful. (I also decided to make myself a pioneer dress for the event. That was fun too.) Even though I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off during the party, I could see that everyone was having a great time. It was so fun to take a morning and remember and honor our pioneer heritage.
Happy Pioneer Day!