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Pioneer Days has been making history since 1977 as Lake Wales' signature heritage festival.  Join us for old-fashioned fun, over 50 artisan art and craft vendors, food, entertainment and activities for the whole family! 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27


Pioneer of the Year Celebration 10 AM
Lake Wales Highlander Band 11 AM
Antique Car Parade 12 PM
Pickin' In the Park by Nat West 1 PM Polk Avenue Cardinal Chorus 2 PM Talako Indian Dancers 2:30 PM Moriah Ruth Finney 3 PM SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27 - BEERS WITH PIONEERS
Porchdogs Zydeco & Cajun Band 4 - 7 PM TBA 7 - 9 PM

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28


Talako Indian Dancers 11 AM
Bryan Rivers 11:30 AM
Cracker Storytelling by Hank Mattson 12:30 PM
Flutes by Utah Farris 1:30 PM
Rotary on the Ridge 3 PM

ACTIVITIES
Historical Reenactments, Artisan Craft Vendors and Demonstrations, Civil War Camp, Historic Architectural Tours, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Face Painting, Antique Car & Tractors, Old-Fashioned Games, & Food Vendors

NEW! DO YOU LOVE TO KNIT, CROCHET, SPIN OR WEAVE WITH NATURAL MATERIALS?

We're looking for fiber artists who want to participate in a new demonstration area at the Pioneer Days Festival on October 27 & 28, 2018! This is a chance to showcase your talents, work with others and interact with the public, showing them how to make beautiful fiber creations! You can also sell your own products on site. Lunch is provided for all volunteers. If you would like to participate, please contact us at jkbray53@gmail.com or 863.676.4470.


NEW! BEERS WITH PIONEERS - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2018 FROM 4 - 9 PM

The Lake Wales Museum Association presents “Beers with Pioneers” featuring specialty and craft brew, live music, drawing prizes, vintage photo area and more.  Join us for a cracker-style evening of fun!  Guests receive a complimentary tasting glass, tickets for drawing prizes, and beer tastings.  Food from festival vendors will be available for purchase.  Funds raised at the event directly support the Lake Wales Museum ongoing historic preservation, educational programming for all ages, museum exhibits and tours, and community programs. 

Tickets: Advanced - $25/person; At the Door - $30/person. 
Proof of age required at the gate. Valid ID required. 21 & up only. Tickets are non-refundable. Event is rain or shine.


TICKETS NOW ON SALE! 

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.


PAST RECIPIENTS - PIONEER OF THE YEAR


  • 1978: Morris Jones
  • 1979: Janyce Ahl
  • 1980: Bessie Snyder
  • 1981: R.L. Johnson
  • 1982: W.D. Crews
  • 1983: Kenneth Rhodes
  • 1984: Sam Keen
  • 1985: Henry F. and Douglas Bullard
  • 1986: Myra Curtis Chandley
  • 1987: Marie Kirch
  • 1988: Mr. and Mrs. H.G. McClendon
  • 1989: Juanita Wetmore
  • 1990: Mada Fraser Babcock
  • 1991: Jeresa Austin
  • 1992: Lee Roy Horton
  • 1993: Miss Margaret Smith
  • 1994: Tom Campbell
  • 1995: Thalia Johnson and Stapleton Gooch
  • 1996: Mildred Kingsbury

  • 1997: Roger Cain
  • 1998: Mary L. Zipprer
  • 1999: Ola Belle Tillman
  • 2000: Robert E. Lasseter, Jr.
  • 2001: Constance Van Hook
  • 2002: Vita Hinshaw
  • 2003: George Whitehurst and Martha White
  • 2004: George Edwin Albritton and Mollie Albritton Cooper
  • 2005: Frank Hunt
  • 2006: Hazel Mary Grace Alexander
  • 2007: Horace Herndon
  • 2008: Joe Martin
  • 2009: William M. Hardman
  • 2010: The Jahna Family
  • 2011: G. Ellis Hunt
  • 2012: Edwin Friedlander
  • 2013: Clinton Horne
  • 2014: Jim Maggard
  • 2015: Linda Kimbrough
  • 2016: Mimi Reid Hardman
  • 2017: Marilyn Newell

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