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Preserving Pocahontas

Pioneer Days 1967 ~ When it all began

Linda Reynolds and Nancy Harper, in their pioneer garb, prepare to take a surrey ride during the first Pioneer Days in 1967. Surrey, covered wagons and buckboards were part of the early transportation system for the festival. Pocahontas County Historical Society photo collection

Pioneer Days has been an annual celebration in Pocahontas County since July 1967. The Pocahontas County Historical Society started this event upon the suggestion of its then president, Johnnie B. Hill. He and Robert Jacobson served as co-chairman to get the affair off to a successful start. The purpose is to make history come alive and to recapture the pioneer spirit of our forefathers, who first settled the wild and beautiful area we know as Pocahontas County today. These pioneers were entirely dependent upon their own ingenuity, skill and courage. A big parade of pioneer theme, pageants of history and styles of bygone days, square dances, antique exhibits, horse shows, muzzleloaders, surreys and Model Ts, wagon rides, quilt shows and hymn sings are some of the events featured the second weekend of each July. History of Pocahontas County – 1981

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