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Soddy-Daisy holds first Pioneer Days event

Ever wonder what is was like in the times before electricity, back when if you needed something, you had to make it yourself?

The city of Soddy-Daisy and Horsin’ Around Carving School are hosting the first-ever Pioneer Days event at Poe’s Tavern Historical Park Saturday, May 31 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Different types of artisans will be giving demonstrations of crafts that were common in the days of Poe’s Tavern, which dates back to 1817.

Former Horsin’ Around owner Bud Ellis approached the city’s Parks and Recreation Board about starting the event.

“This is the type of event we had in mind when we built Poe’s Tavern,” said Vice Mayor Rick Nunley, who serves as chairman of the Parks and Recreation Board.

Ellis has been recruiting artisans who work by hand to demonstrate at the event, such as a woman who spins yarn, a quilter, a blacksmith and a man who splits logs. Those who also create items by hand without electricity and want to demonstrate at the event should contact him at 364-9121.

“Most of these crafts have been handed down by generation, and we’re losing a lot of [artisans],” said Ellis, a woodcarver by trade who helped create the carousel in Coolidge Park. “That’s one reason I wanted to do this.”

The event will also feature an old-time gun display, Native American dance demonstrations, live musical entertainment using stringed instruments, and food. A booth with organized crafts for children will also be available.

Nunley said the city is considering making Pioneer Days an annual event, depending on how well the first one goes.

Sponsorships are still available. A $100 sponsorship gets your business’s logo on the event T-shirt, while $100 or less gets your name on the event’s program. To become a sponsor, contact City Hall at 332-5323.