Pioneer Day

The Ladies of Luraville participated in last year’s Pioneer Day parade.

MAYO — It is time once again for the annual Pioneer Day.

The festival is set for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Park, located at 123 SW County Road 300.

The annual Pioneer Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m., and will start at Mill St. by Homewood Lodge and end at the park.

Entertainment for the day will begin with the LHS Band at 10:30 a.m., which will be followed by Band of Brothers, Jessica Heurtematte, Lil’ Bit More and Sara Trimm.

There are 65 vendors who are signed up to attend Pioneer Day, which will include woodworks, leatherworks, jewelry and several food vendors.

There will also be a mini Farmer’s Market, which will host a bounty of homemade bread, jellies, and other foods.

The Lafayette County Fire Department will be selling T-shirts, as well as feature an old tradition of “sugar cane grinding” and the cane syrup made will be available for purchase.

The Lafayette County 4H will be making homemade ice cream to sell at the log cabin located at the Veteran’s Memorial Park.

There will be plenty of games, music, and fun for all to enjoy at Pioneer Day.

Pony rides and sand art will also be available.

For the first time in Pioneer Day history, there will be an artist with her own booth. Juleah Austyne Reiner, a graduate from Lafayette High School and resident of Lafayette County, operates Juleah Austyne Art. Her art includes drawings and paintings of nature, animals and occasionally people, as well as murals in church baptisteries.

The Mayo Woman’s Club will also be hosting its annual Pioneer Day Art Show on Saturday in the lobby of Lafayette State Bank. The theme of this year’s show is “Pioneer Florida.”

Cash prizes will be awarded for first through third place in each category, as well as a cash prize for the Annette Croft-Best of Show award, and the Judy Bletard-Best of Youth award.

The public will be able to vote on favorites for both adult and youth competition. There is also a cash prize for the work that best exemplifies this year’s theme.

Kara M. Compo is a reporter for the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press. Her beats include general assignment, government and police. ​

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