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Relax and relish a retro Labor Day at Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City

Those looking to celebrate the working man's holiday in old-fashioned style might want to mosey on over to the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City on Monday.. There will be plenty to see and do for kids and adults alike in the annual Labor Day event that commemorates the museum's move in 1975 from the Pasco County Fairgrounds to a 7-acre plot that now features eight original buildings, including an old schoolhouse, a church, general stores and a train depot.

There will be living history demonstrations, artisans and a couple of re-enactments of the Bradley Massacre, which took place on May 14, 1856, in the tiny outpost of Darby during the Third Seminole War.

Other activities include old-time games — a corn toss, horseshoes, tug-of-war and three-legged races. There will be gospel music in the old Enterprise Church, a fiddling contest for those who want to watch or take part, and bluegrass performed by the Barking Dogs.

Visitors can dine on kettle corn, barbecued chicken and the like, said museum curator Barbara Ruff. "All the buildings will be open for touring and we'll have docents on hand, too," she said. "We have a working sugarcane mill, a nonworking moonshine still and a — looks like it works, but better not — outhouse."

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