Entertainment by the Suncoast Dulcimers in 2016

Children's activity area

PIONEER DAY 2017 was a big success…

The weather was perfect, cars streamed in in double rows all day, there was a good variety and quality of food and lots of great vendors and great hands on activities for children and adults. Junior ROTC were wonderful helping park cars and they stayed to help clean up.  There are too many people to thank personally but a big hand goes to Mitzie McGavic, our chairperson,  who held all the pieces together and never let up from start to finish. And a special thank you to Carol Mahler who made sure we had a lot of great publicity, to Kay Higley for organizing the entertainment and Norma Banas for obtaining the vendors.


Cow Camp - showing how the pioneer cowboy lived.

 Pioneer Day Activities

To participate next year as

           a sponsor   (click here to view sponsor information)

           a vendor selling appropriate products

           a participant who wishes to offer demonstrations or bring livestock

           an author with pertinent books to sell

           a volunteer (or organization) who wishes to help 

call vendor chairperson at 863-494-4325 or email at: sanctuaryofarcadia@gmail.com for information or an application.​

Jim Potter with Links2success volunteers helped with parking 2016.

Children's area has many hands on activities.

2017 First-place BBQ team.  Jonathan Harrison, Vernon Keen congratulating Jason Cooper, his son Tatum Cooper, and Brandon Rice.

History is everywhere to read and enjoy

Demonstrations include quilting, tatting, spinning and wood craft.

 2017 Pioneer Day Supporters
Gold Sponsor:

Bronze Sponsor:
Arcadia Rotary
Friends of the Society Sponsor:
First State Bank of Arcadia

Entertainment Sponsor:
Mary Margaret’s Tea & Biscuit
Williamson Group Realty
Peace River Tax Services
Pure ’N Soft Water Conditioning
Peace River Campground
State Farm Insurance - Don Knoche

also supported by In-Kind donations:
Arcadia Police Department
Arcadia Computer
Dakin Dairy
DeSoto County Sheriff Department
DeSoto County School District
David Abraham 
Flint Farms
Joshua Citrus
Jack Welch & WFLN 1480 AM
Peace River Campground
Publix Supermarket
Vision Ace Hardware
Womack Sanitation​​