Frontier Day gives glimpse into old America

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Rosco, a standard thoroughbred Amish horse, pulls a buggy with Edgar Schreiner and his son, Joshua. Schreiner hosts the second annual Frontier Day Sept. 27 on his farm in rural Jenkins. Jason Johnston

Organizers want younger generation to know about crafts, food ingredients

Organizers are gearing up for the Second Annual Frontier Day, which starts at 10 a.m. on Sept. 27 in rural Jenkins.

"The reason that I wanted to do it is to show other people what it was like in the old days before we got automobiles," said Edgar Schreiner, who hosts the Frontier Day on Farm Road 1157. "It's just a reminder: don't let the old days get out of the younger people's minds."

This year's event has apple butter, black smith, Dutch oven, kettle corn, lye soap, rope making, sorghum, wagon wheel and war demonstrations. It also includes buggy rides, homemade pies and live music. The Jenkins Fire Department will sell food and drinks.

Schreiner is the president of Son Rose Trail Rides, which does a lot of horse and wagon rides, he said. The club's members are participating in the Frontier Day.

The club will make preparations before the event at 5 a.m., said Schreiner, who will start pressing and cooking the sorghum. He has to stay with the sorghum until it is finished. That process could take between four to six hours.

"When the sorghum gets done, we're going to let everybody sample it," he said. "We will have biscuits and homemade butter."

Marie and Robert McKee, who have lived south of Verona for 38 years, grew the sorghum on their farm, Marie McKee said. They bought the Dale sorghum seeds from Mississippi State University. The sorghum has no additives.

The McKees are members of Son Rose, and she said the meetings are at Schreiner's place.

McKee said she will make the apple butter in a 35-gallon copper vat with Jonathan and Gala apples, cinnamon and sugar.

"Some of these crafts are not going to be around for a long time unless someone does it to show the younger generation," she said. "We need to teach our young people how things were made."

Children who attend Frontier Day will get to help with the rope making, Schreiner said. After the organizers shuck, shell and grind ears of corn, they will make cornbread with the Dutch oven.

The organizers will raffle a 10-inch camp pot Dutch oven to raise money toward coats and food for a family this Christmas, he said. Another camp pot and a dump cake will be auctioned off.

To get to Frontier Day from Cassville, people should drive east on Highway 248 about seven miles, and then turn left onto Farm Road 1157. If driving west on 248, make right onto Farm Road 1157. The event is located at the second house on the right.

Frontier Day signs will be posted to direct people to the event, Schreiner said.

For more information about the free event, people may contact Schreiner at 417-846-7831.

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