Exeter New Hampshire Stake to Host Pioneer Day Celebration

  • July 26, 2014
Date
July 26, 2014
Location
Sanford, Maine, USA

A volunteer demonstrates breadmaking pioneer style during the 2013 Pioneer Day celebration in Sanford, Maine, hosted by the Exeter New Hampshire Stake. Photo by Jen Perkes Photography.

The Exeter New Hampshire Stake will hold its 2nd annual Pioneer Day celebration, “A Step Back in Time,“ in Sanford, Maine, on Saturday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

According to event chairperson Jennifer Davie, of the Sanford Ward, Exeter New Hampshire Stake, “This is a large, free community event in which we work hard to build bridges between both our interfaith community, as well as with our civic leaders.”

The event takes place at Gowen Park, 708 Main Street, in Sanford, Maine.

Volunteers will erect an 1830s Colonial American village (much like pioneers would have built when forging their way westward) to share with the public a piece of Mormon pioneer history.

Soap booth at the 2013 Pioneer Day celebration in Sanford, Maine, hosted by the Exeter New Hampshire Stake. Photo by Jennifer Perkes Photography.

The gunsmith exhibit at the 2013 Pioneer Day celebration in Sanford, Maine, hosted by the Exeter New Hampshire Stake. Photo by Jennifer Perkes Photography.

Interactive historical booths and exhibits manned by both member and non-member volunteers will feature a bread maker, creamery, apothecary, record keeper, quilter, spinner,  wood cutter, gunsmith, beekeeper, soap maker, and candle maker, as well as livestock, dutch oven food, pioneer heritage art, and Native Americans.

The handcarts used by area youth for pioneer treks will be displayed for people to try out. A pie contest will be judged by members of the local city council and by state representatives.

“Everything about this event is fun and upbeat,” said Sister Davie. “We love sharing the day with our community friends, but our desire is that people will feel a presence in the park that day and have the desire to learn more.

“We additionally hope that as our missionaries are out and about doing their work, that when knocking on doors people will remember the amazing experience that they had in the park and they will keep their doors open and hear their message,” she said.

Attendees at the 2013 pioneer days celebration in Sanford, Maine. Photo by Jennifer Perkes Photography.