Our annual historical festival where we show what the town was like. We tell about the folks who settled here. Many come to see where Smartsville, Timbuctoo and Sucker Flat were and what they were like. It has turned into a town reunion of sorts. We have been able to learn more about the original settlers and even unite cousins who had lost track of the family tree and introduced people whose ancestors were neighbors and friends.
Pioneer Day started out as a way to get people to come to Smartsville and see the work we have done on the restoration of the former Church of the Immaculate Conception. Then we add a dose of gold rush living history to demonstrate what the area was like and why the church was such an important part of the community.
Old Time music makes it festive and of course some great food is necessary for any party. Activities for the kids makes it really family friendly and educational. It is a good cause as all the proceeds go towards the restoration.
Now it has become something that locals and people from out of town look forward to. Some even come back again and again, so whether you have been before or are new to our festival we welcome you!
Pioneer Day is our annual fundraising event. It is the one chance we get to show off our work of the previous year and to add a little to our coffers so we can continue the work for another year.
Scroll down to see a selection of activities just for the kids
Some of our Favorites
The Stamp Mill Stompers
We invite everyone to dress in your finest gold rush era clothing. It adds to the experience of what it must have been like back then and you might win a prize for your interpretation.
Local producers sample and sell their fantastic specialties. Be sure to take some home with you. Scroll down for a section of local products.
Step up on our wagon and settle in for a ride back in time. Local experts narrate the tour of the old hydraulic mine and former townsite of Sucker Flat.
Wonderful crafts and gifts from local merchants make our Raffle very popular.
We have some authentic gold panners to teach you how to pan for gold yourself. Maybe you will find some real gold.
The rangers of Englebright Lake want you to stay safe around the water so check out their game about how to be safe and still have fun
Learn how the first people gathered, ground, preserved and used the very nutritious acorns as food. After you master the grindin, you may even try a cookie made from them.
Plinky and plunky invite kids of all ages to come up on stage and choose on of their rhythm instruments and accompany them in some good old tyme tunes.
Each year Mrs. Burton has a selection of designs to be either painted or colored. There are prizes for the best one in each age group.
There is so much to do and see
We have the best craft and food vendors!
If you would like to be a vendor click the button bellow and join us for this great event.
Descendants of ancestors of folks who called Smartsville home are invited to come and share their stories or perhaps learn something they don't already know about them as Charles Compton did.
People demonstrating skills that were very necessary in the early days. If you have a skill you can demonstrate please contact us.
Quilting, dollmaking, candle making, carving
Loca lhistorical societies and service clubs, the cemetery commission, 4H, Firefighters association,
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