Locals experience pioneer life at Grimes Farm

Dozens of people gathered in the mist for Prairie Heritage Day Saturday afternoon at Grimes Farm.

Prairie Heritage Day offers people first-hand experience of pioneer and prairie life through activities like cider pressing, candle dipping, cross saw cutting and rope making – all assisted by volunteers dressed in colonial costumes.

Kayann Lowry helped serve apple cider. She said aside from getting wet from the rain, she enjoyed the day.

“I had a wonderful time,” Lowry said. “It’s a lot of fun and I really enjoy it. It’s nice to see the people take advantage of it.”

Christopher Hicks brought his sons to the event. He said they were looking forward to the apple cider.

“Last year they really liked the apple cider and they kept talking about it,” Hicks said. “Once they got here they wanted to do the rope making and the candle, I think they had a blast they were looking forward to it for a while.”

Dena Graff was helping make homemade fry bread for people to try. She has helped at Prairie Heritage Day for several years, she said.

“People just really like the fry bread,” Graff said. “We’re having a really good time and we are busy. We enjoy doing this.”

Other activities included a blacksmith, live music, vendors, displays, wagon rides, horse petting, butter making and flint knapping.