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

Volunteers Gary Watts, Kathie Watts and Wayne Sweat (with Jasper, the chicken) portray old-timers at a Pioneer Florida Museum Labor Day celebration in Dade City. This Monday, the museum offers faux battles, fiddling, gospel and bluegrass, horseshoes and interesting old buildings.

Courtesy of Jim Dennison of the Pioneer Florida Museum (2010)

Volunteers Gary Watts, Kathie Watts and Wayne Sweat (with Jasper, the chicken) portray old-timers at a Pioneer Florida Museum Labor Day celebration in Dade City. This Monday, the museum offers faux battles, fiddling, gospel and bluegrass, horseshoes and interesting old buildings.

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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Pioneer Florida Day

What: The Pioneer Museum's 38th Annual Pioneer Florida Day

When: 9-4 p.m. Monday

Where: Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City

Admission: $5; free for children 6 and under

Other: The Seminole re-enactments will be held at 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. Fiddling Contest is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for adults (18 and older), juniors (17 and under) and beginners (people of any age who never competed before). Registration is $10 for the fiddler, $5 for each backup musician. Register by 9 a.m. or call the museum in advance at (352) 567-0262 or email curator@

pioneerfloridamuseum.org.

Relax and relish a retro Labor Day at Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City 08/30/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 1:01pm]

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