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Pioneer Florida Museum hosts old-fashioned Workingman's Holiday

Kathie Watts, Gary Watts, Wayne Sweat and Jasper the chicken offer a glimpse of Old Florida at the Pioneer Florida Museum’s 2010 Labor Day celebration in Dade City.

JIM DENNISON | Pioneer Florida Museum

Kathie Watts, Gary Watts, Wayne Sweat and Jasper the chicken offer a glimpse of Old Florida at the Pioneer Florida Museum’s 2010 Labor Day celebration in Dade City.

The Pioneer Florida Museum kicks off its event season Saturday with a celebration that honors Labor Day and commemorates the museum's opening on the Dade City grounds in 1975.

"Workingman's Holiday," formerly known as "Pioneer Days," is an annual family-friendly event promising old time fun for all. There will be foot stomping music by local bluegrass band the Barking Dogs, and performances by gospel choirs from the Enterprise Church. Kids and adults are welcome to join in old time games and chow down on country concessions or take in a fish fry dinner that will be served starting at noon until the food runs out.

The day's highlight will be a dramatic portrayal of the Bradley Massacre. That historic event took place on May 14, 1856, during the Third Seminole War in the small outpost of Darby, when a small group of Seminoles opened fire on the pioneer homestead of Capt. Robert Bradley. Re-enactments will be held at 11:15 a.m. and 2 p.m.

All are welcome take a tour back in time through an old school house, country store, train depot and church along with the main museum, which features some newly renovated displays.

There will also be craft demonstrations, depicting how it way done in pre-mechanical times — think chair caning, basket weaving, woodworking and more.

. If you go

Workingman's Holiday

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Festival admission is $6 with no charge for children 12 and under. Free parking and handicap accessibility. No coolers or pets (service animals only).

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