Family All Ages

September 18

Annual Fall Festival

Join our celebration of pioneer living and fun-filled community event on Sat. Sept. 18. Food, music, crafts and games, historic harvesting demonstrations, and more. Be sure to enjoy our new activities!

Event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

$10 adults
$5 students
FREE Kids 5 & under
FREE Historical Society Members

Get your tickets!


9:30                  Flag Raising
9:40                  Buildings and site open until closing; New Exhibit Debut! Coal Creek Friends Meeting House
9:40                  North Field demonstrations until completed (12-12:30 pm)
10:00                Horse-drawn wagon rides until 12:30
10:00                Alice’s Gospel Group on Hay Bale Stage
10:30                Kid’s Spelling Bee in Prine School
11:00                 Adult Spelling Bee in Prine School
11:00-1:00       Pioneer Picnic in Bradbury Hall—enter thru east door
11:00-3:00       New Vendor! Ice Cream made by hit and miss motor near Bradbury Hall
12:00-3:00      Pony rides open
12:30                Hymn Sing in Coal Creek Friends Meeting House
1:30                  New Time! Vintage Machinery Parade
2:30                  Scripture Memorization Exercise in Prine School
3:00                 Sawmill Demonstration
3:30                  Hymn Sing in Coal Creek Friends Meeting House
4:30                  Closing

All Day Activities:
North Field—New this year! Dynamometer testing of equipment
Craft Barn—chair caning, kid’s crafts, bread & butter, taffy making,  NoCoast Beer samples
Barnyard—petting zoo, honey vendor, birdhouse vendor, book vendors
Schoolyard—Mahaska Master’s 4-H lawn games and bake sale
Community partners, interpreters, and demonstrators around and inside historic buildings

Pioneer Picnic Menu:
Beef Burger on Bun – $3.50
Thank you to the Mahaska County Cattlemen for grilling!
Hot Dog on Bun – $2
Baked Beans – $1
Coleslaw – $1
Chips – .50
Slice of Pie – $2
Drink – $1     (lemonade, iced tea, coffee)

Thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible!
Pony Rides – Clow Valve Co.
Children’s Crafts and Games – Town Square Dental
Entertainment – Mahaska Drug
Vintage Tractor Parade – Mahaska County Farm Bureau
Steam Engine – Bates Funeral Chapel
Pioneer Picnic – TruBank and HyVee
Advertising – Mahaska Bottling and Langkamp Funeral Chapel
Printing – Doty’s

Historic Buildings:
Nelson House – Wanderlunch
Prine School – Oskaloosa Chiropractic
Nelson Barn – McKim Tractor Service
Mott’s General Store – Oskaloosa Vision Center
Russ Scale House – Bank Iowa
Littler Cabin – Doty’s
Volunteer Services – Fareway

A Note to Photographers

Please call our Director Margaret at 641-672-2989 or email her at to get permission to come take photographs of the property. This is not an open site and permission is necessary so we can let our property caretaker know.