Fifth annual Frontier Days to offer old-fashioned family fun

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Driver Mark Moller and horse, Bud, take children for a wagon ride during Frontier Days last year on the Schreiner family’s property near Jenkins. The event was educational and fun for families and children, who enjoyed wagon rides, rope making, homemade sorghum, learning about grinding corn, food ingredients, cooking, crafts, trades and materials, and what daily life was like for their ancestors on the frontier. The event will be held Sept. 23 and 24, beginning at 10 a.m. Contributed photo

Event provides educational look into simplicity of pioneer life

Barry County residents Edgar and Sandra Schreiner will be hosting the fifth annual Frontier Days event on Sept. 23 and 24, on their farm between Cassville and Jenkins.

The fun starts at 10 a.m. for the free, two-day event, which offers a heaping helping of old-fashioned family fun, early 1900s artistry and trades packaged in pioneer times and culture.

Events include sorghum cooking, blacksmithing, rope making, Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, Kettle corn, wagon rides, antique machinery demonstrations, soap making demonstrations, chainsaw artistry, a magician, children's activities, education on herbs and tonics and beekeeping, costume making from the Renaissance to the early 1900s, quilt making, chuckwagon demonstrations and other vendors and activities.

Live Bluegrass bands will provide entertainment on both days, and a Cowboy Church service will be held on Sunday at 10 a.m. with Edgar Schreiner, Sr., officiating, who will ride in on horseback for the service, per tradition for pioneer pastors. The Flying Buzzards Band will provide music for the church service, and entertainment for the rest of the day.

Concessions will be available, with a chuckwagon-style concession available on Sunday, and Amish baked goods and sorghum will be available for sale.

"They used the chuckwagon on cattle drives," said Edgar Schreiner. "They hauled supplies — their food and bedding, on the wagon, and cooked from it. There was a table on the back you could fold down."

Corn grinding with a hand grinder and corn shelling will also be available to show children how corn was harvested, and foods that were made from it, like cornbread.

"It's something fun for the kids and they can see how it actually works," said Schreiner, who will be up early cooking sorghum from scratch, which is an all-day affair, paired with biscuits to give a taste of pioneer life. "When I cook the biscuits, people can sample the sorghum, too. I will also be trying to do some Dutch oven cooking at the same time. That's one thing I really enjoy doing is the Dutch oven. The food tastes better. You can cook the same things in a Dutch oven that you cook in the house — roast, potatoes, desserts. My favorite thing is pineapple upside down cake."

Members of the Son Rose Trail Rides group, which is where the idea for the annual event originated, will be helping organize and participate in the event.

"We got started in this and someone made the comment, 'Let's make sorghum and it went from there and just keeps getting bigger and bigger," Schreiner said. The event and activities gives people a chance to see what life was like back in the 'old days' of the 1800s and 1900s.

"We don't make any money. It actually costs us, but the reason we do it is it's old stuff that a lot of people don't even know about."

While admission is free, donations are welcome to help with costs.

The fun will continue until at least 5 p.m.

"We'll stay open as long as people are there," Sandra Schreiner said.

For directions from Cassville, take Highway 248 East seven miles to Farm Road 1157, then follow the signs. From Jenkins, take Highway 248 West to Farm Road 1157 and follow signs (after passing C Highway traveling from Jenkins, look for a sign with a fire truck on it, which is near the turn off onto Farm Road 1157).

Parking and restrooms will be available onsite.

For more information, call Edgar Schreiner at 417-846-7831, or 417-847-8686.

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