First 'Pioneer Day' held in Ada on Saturday
ADA, Okla. (KTEN) -- The Ada Diamond K Kiwanis club and Pontotoc County Historical Society held the first ever Pioneer Day at Wintersmith park Saturday afternoon. The event gave attendees the opportunity to see what life was like over 100 years ago.
Sharilee Strickland, the president of the Diamond K Kiwanis Club, describes the thought behind the new idea.
"We are just wanting to teach the children of Ada and Pontotoc County about the Pioneer Days and how things used to be done," Strickland said.
Karen Walters, a volunteer at the event who displayed how spinning worked, believes the event is important to show the obstacles of the time period.
"I think they need to know how hard it was; how the living was," Walters said. "They didn't have vehicles to drive. You worked all the time and you didn't play."
Kids had an opportunity to experience spinning, the way clothes were cleaned via washboard, or what a classroom looked like. Pioneer Day seemed to be a hit amongst kiddos and parents.
"We had 96 containers to make butter and they are gone," Strickland said. "They were gone within an hour. We think we've maybe had over 200 kids, maybe 300 kids. It's been crazy."
As for future plans, Strickland hopes the event will grow and become an annual attraction.
"We didn't know how it would turn out so we just started somewhere. We've had a lot of people already tell us that they hope it will continue each year."