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.

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

Get your tickets! https://nelsonpioneer.org/tickets/

Schedule:

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 curator@nelsonpioneer.org 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.