Pioneer Fair

The past will become the present during the annual Shelby County Pioneer Fair, at the Shelby County Fairgrounds on September 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 17, from noon to 4 p.m.

The two-day event, hosted by the Shelby County Historical Society, will be filled with many hands-on pioneer-related activities. These include washing clothes with a basin and ringer, making scarecrows with straw and clothing, churning cream into butter, hand-dipping candles, using a wood lathe, and making apple cider.

In addition to the hands-on activities, the fair has many pioneer-related demonstrations, including the preparation of bread in a beehive oven, the operation of a printing press, rug braiding and hooking, knitting, loom weaving and yarn spinning, woodworking, a demonstration and historical presentation of the Indiana Territorial Mounted Rangers, and much more.

To immerse fair goers into the time period, the fairgrounds transform into a pioneer-era tent city. Reenactors dress in early 1800s reproduction clothing, while taking on the role of people living in that time period, including school marms, town criers, an organ player, villagers and a pioneer explorer.

Additionally, the fair has a cake walk, a pioneer general store, a raffle and a silent auction. Food is available for purchase, with some items including fudge, kettle corn, brats, soups and a salad bar.