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TRADITIONS OF LONG AGO LIVE ON AT PIONEER DAYS IN DADE CITY

The 35th annual heritage festival features history, crafts and music.

Labor Day weekend brings with it a 35-year-old Pasco County tradition, the Pioneer Florida Days Festivalat the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village.

The Sunday and Monday event is a chance to "step back in time and honor our pioneer ancestors," said Barbara Russ, director of the museum.

The highlights include a Civil War re-enactment each day at 2:30 p.m., preceded by a mock court martial trial at noon in the Mabel Jordan Barn.

The festivities also feature an arts and crafts show, a trash 'n' treasures sale, live entertainment on two stages, traditional craft demonstrations, living history demonstrations, Florida folk music, a Florida native plant sale, children's activities and tours of the village's historic buildings.

Monday's special event is an 1860s fashion show at 1 p.m. (or right after the court martial) at the Overstreet House. The show includes ball gowns, bloomers and bonnets that would be worn by genteel Southern ladies, and styles worn by gentlemen, Russ said.

Fire circles in a recreation of a Cracker Camp of Old Florida (1890s) will be open all day.

Sunday main stage

9:30 a.m.: Leo Maynard & Friends

10:15 a.m.: Withlacoochee River Boys

11 a.m.: Ray Berlinger on dulcimer

12:15 p.m.: Starbird

1 p.m.: Banjos Unlimited

3 p.m.: Jeannie & Ed & Friends

Sunday citrus stage

12:15 p.m.: Florida Cracker Cowboys

Monday main stage

9:30 a.m.: The Early Camp Boys

10:15 a.m.: Banjos Unlimited

12:15 p.m.: The Flatwood Drifters

1:15 p.m.: Mustang Sally and The Hamjos

2 p.m.: Dennis Devine

3 p.m.: Temple Twirlers Square Dancers

Monday citrus stage

11 a.m.: Dennis Devine

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FAST FACTS

Take a step back in Florida time

What: Pioneer Florida Days Festival

Where: Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, off U.S. 301, 1 mile north of downtown Dade City

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday

Tickets: Adults, $8; ages 10-17, $4; ages 5-9, $3; ages 4 and younger, free. Parking is free. Handicapped accessible.

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