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Days of ’47 event is fun for all

Family Fun Day at farm offers pioneer activities

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It was the place to be for families Friday night.

Where else can you get your face painted, eat free food, play games, make pioneer handicrafts and enjoy family entertainment all in one place? At the Days of '47 Family Fun Day, of course.

More than 4,000 crowded into Wheeler Historic Farm for the free activities and food.

"It's fun," said Jerri Harwell, a 42-year-old mother of four. "It's a safe place to bring my kids. It's all families."

Harwell's kids couldn't wait to get there, either. Before arriving, they kept asking their mother if it was time to go yet. This is the third year they've attended the event.

"It's fun," said 14-year-old Bronson Harwell. "You get to do a lot of stuff."

Although the activities weren't scheduled to start until 2 p.m., many started early because of the crowds of people waiting.

"We had so many people here at 2 o'clock that we thought, 'Oh boy,' " said JaNeanne Webster, co-chair of the event. "We knew we were going to have a lot of people here today."

Children crowded around picnic tables to make pioneer handicrafts such as clothespin dolls, fabric cards and pictures with potato stamps.

"The activities are fun," said 5-year-old Merissa Burnham.

Merissa's hands and forearm were covered in red paint after she painted with the potato stampers. But her mom, Sandee Burnham, was happy about the day's activities.

"I think this is neat," she said. "You can't really find any place that does the old stuff like the potato stamps and clothespin dolls. There just isn't a lot to do with your kids that is different."

Well, until she found the Family Fun Day, anyway. Not only was it different in her mind, but it was something everyone could enjoy.

"It's a kid event, but it's still fun for parents," she said. "Everyone has a bit of kid somewhere inside them."

People were also able to go on free tours every 15 minutes of the farmhouse, which was built in 1898 and restored in 1979.

The event, along with other Days of '47 activities, emphasized pioneer heritage. People were able to do old-time handicrafts as well as tour the farm area and go on wagon rides.

"This gives them a chance to think about what it would be like to be a pioneer," Webster said. "It's a family event to get children excited about their pioneer heritage."

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