Pioneer Day coming to Manistique

MANISTIQUE – Pioneer Park will be abuzz Saturday as the 10th Annual Pioneer Day returns to Manistique to help support the Schoolcraft County Historical Society.

The festival and celebration of Schoolcraft County’s past and present will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors to the park will be able to enjoy a craft show, food, live music by BMT and Key Players, minnow races, and historical displays.

“We do this as an annual fundraiser so we can collect and prepare and preserve the history of Schoolcraft County,” said Paul Walker of the historical society.

The event typically brings in hundreds of visitors who pass through the craft show, displays, and other attractions throughout the day.

“We also want to foster and support interest in the local history,” said Walker, noting that the society especially hopes to spark an interest in local history in children through fun events like Pioneer Days.

In addition to a special exhibit by the U.P. Trapper’s Association, visitors to Pioneer Day will be able to view displays in the historic Manistique water tower and view a variety of antique machinery that will be brought to the park for the event.

Visitors to Pioneer Days will have an opportunity to peruse the crafts and wares of local artisans and possibly bring home a treasure of their own. For locally made food, the Chamber of Commerce Ambassador’s Club will be hosting a bake sale, and pulled pork by the Chuckwagon will be available in the park.

Those looking for new reading material will also be in luck Saturday. Author Mary Kramer will be at the park signing copies of her books “Atonement in Avalon,” “Anam Cara,” and her newest book “57 Chevy.”

For those looking for something that has already been enjoyed, slightly used reading material will also be available from a book sale being held by the historical society in conjunction with the event. The sale will take place in the main historical society building.

The activities held during Pioneer Day not only allow visitors to have fun while supporting the historical society and its activities, but gives visitors a chance to see the work of the historical society and its effects in the community.

“We just want people to know we’re here,” said Walker.

For more information about the Schoolcraft Historical Society, upcoming historical society events and projects, or historical photos of Schoolcraft County visit the society’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SCHistoricalSociety or the society’s website at schs.cityofmanistique.org.