WAITSBURG — The Waitsburg Historical Society will host its 40th annual Pioneer Fall Festival on Sunday in downtown. Activities begin at 11 a.m. on the grounds of the Bruce Mansion at Fourth and Main streets.
After a non-denominational church service, Waitsburg’s Pioneer of the Year will be introduced. Erma Lee Smith will be given the award, representing the Kenneth Smith family, a pioneer family in the Waitsburg area.
At 2:30 p.m., a fashion show will be presented, featuring vintage clothing from the mid-19th century.
Throughout the day, visitors can tour the historic Bruce Mansion, which has been restored to its original configuration from 1883. For the first time, tours will also be given of the Wilson-Phillips house west of the Bruce Mansion on Fourth Street.
The recently renovated Wilson-Phillips house, built in 1884, serves as a museum, housing the collections of the Waitsburg Historical Society. The society owns and maintains both properties.
Special Pioneer Festival menus will be offered by several Main Street restaurants, including Betty’s Diner, jimgermanbar and Coppei Coffee. More venders will be serving food on the Bruce Mansion grounds.
Arts and crafts vendors offering items related to Waitsburg’s pioneer history will set up on the Mansion grounds. Demonstrations will be given of rope weaving and spinning. A vintage book sale will also be held in front of the Weller Library.
All tours and activities during the Pioneer Fall Festival are free. For more information, call Jeff Broom at 509-337-6688.