Pioneer Days, Simon Kenton Festival, Piqua Shawnee

Students learn, have fun at Pioneer Days,  Simon Kenton Festival 

The Ledger Independent by DIANNA POTTORFF

MAYSVILLE — Students from Mason County Intermediate School received history lessons Friday about the early days of Kentucky.

The students traveled to Old Washington for the annual Pioneer Days where they learned about crops grown, what homes looked like, played old-fashioned games and had a chance to pet horses and oxen.

“This is a great learning experience for the students,” Kim Galloway, special education teacher said. “They got to see a lot of things they would never get to experience.”

Abby Collen-Nickell, Madison Hardin and Kionna Alexander said they had a lot of fun singing the old songs as Mary McGlone played the dulcimer.

High school volunteers Sarah Crason, Constance Craig and Grace Huber, dressed in periodic clothing, played old-fashioned games such as duck-duck-goose and hopscotch with the students while other students took a moment to eat lunch on the old courthouse lawn.

Other students took turns petting Gerry Barker’s oxen while others learned how to throw hatchets and use a bow and arrow from Josh Kriger.

Students also learned about the goods that were used in the pioneer days.

Piqua Shawnee Chief Gary Hunt, along with other Native American volunteers, took time to speak with the students about the roles Indians played back in those days.

This is Hunt’s 12th year in the re-enactment as Simon Kenton was adopted by a Shawnee tribe.

“The organizers wanted to bring my people and the Kentons back together for a type of reunion,” he said. “I enjoy my time here. It is a chance to portray history without dealing with the politics.”

Hunt said he enjoys seeing the children faces as they get enjoyment seeing Native Americans.

“We are bringing real history to them,” he said. “I enjoy being in the land of my ancestors.”

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