Thinking back to those days of reading by kerosene lamps, warming by the fireplace, and going to church in the old buckboard pulled by a mule, are just a few of the memories that one might recall as the 25th Annual Pioneer Day was celebrated in Lafayette County on Saturday, October 9.
The tiny town of Mayo was brimming over with thousands of people who came from many different places to enjoy the fun time at the town park. Kicking off the affair at 10 a.m. was the Pioneer Day Parade. Folks lined US 27 on both sides of the street to enjoy the parade before going on over to the park to check out all the crafts and foods for sale. Also, again this year, the Pioneer Day Art Show was held in the lobby of Lafayette State Bank and entries were on display throughout the day for folks to enjoy. Ribbons were awarded and some of the art will be displayed in various businesses around town for a limited time. Many of the items were offered for sale.
A huge variety of booths were set up everywhere in the park, with folks offering their homemade crafts for sell. You could smell the aroma of a variety of great foods being cooked and served. So whether you had a taste for chicken and rice prepared by volunteers of Manna House, or a corn dog or maybe an elephant ear, it was all there and available for your enjoyment. The hardest part was deciding which choice to make.
There were pony rides for the kids, games to be played, children playing in the giant oak trees, jumping in the moonwalks and entertainment of all kinds going on throughout the day at the gazebo.
To many folks this is like a big homecoming. Former Lafayette County graduates come back to Pioneer Day in hopes of running into old friends and classmates. So not only were there many things to see and do, but it was also a great time to fellowship and catch up on all the happenings of old friends.
Pioneer Day is a special yearly event for the folks of Lafayette County and has been for the past 25 years. It seems that each year it gets bigger and better and the crowds get larger. So with the 25th Silver Pioneer Day celebration behind us, we will look forward to the second Saturday of next year for more Pioneer Day excitement.