Silver Sponsor  $1,000:
A Plus Environmental Restoration, LLC

​Event Sponsor:
Crews Bank & Trust, Member FDIC
Arcadia Computer
David Abraham
Publix Market

Entertainment Sponsor:
Sweet Southern Horse & Carriage
Wheeler Cafe
Arcadia Printing
Desoto Sign Company
Glass, Antique for Not
Mary Margaret’s Tea and Biscuit
Peace River Campground
Trudi & Jack Super
E & I Family, LLC​

Friend Sponsor  $25:
Cindy McLeod Ely
Norma and Marsha
Arlene & Warren Conley
David & Michelle Montgomery
Arcadia Garden Club

John & Forest Reynolds

To participate in 2019 as

           a sponsor  

               (click here to view sponsor information)

           a vendor selling appropriate products

           an author with pertinent books to sell

           a volunteer who wishes to help 

call vendor chairperson at 863-558-6115 or email at: sanctuaryofarcadia@gmail.com for information or an application.​

Children's area has many hands on activities.

2018 PIONEER DAY was another success.  The weather was perfect.  The vendors were happy, the visitors were happy and we were happy.   Despite having competition for visitors from several other activities that weekend, we did as well as last year.
        Much of our success is because Carol Mahler did her usual superb job of advertising in every media that is available. Norma helped Carol send publicity notices and put flyers in major locations around town.  We are grateful to those who allowed us to post a Pioneer Day sign or banner on their property: City of Arcadia, Elizabeth Baptist Church, Fender’s, Maassen Oil Company, Peace River Campground, Rogers Petroleum, Purple Peacock, Seacoast Bank, Sevigny Associates Eye Care, Turner Realty. We also appreciate the efforts of the banner/sign team for set-up and clean-up: Tonya Bordner, Kathy Bryce, Cindy McLeod Ely, Jahna Leonard, Carol Mahler, Bill and Mitzie McGavic, and Keith Wallace.
        In addition, Carol spent the day as our emcee introducing our wonderful group of entertainers and reminding visitors of the various activities going on during the day.  Claire Miller portrayed Arcadia Albritton and Tim Kirscher portrayed Acrefoot Johnson. Claire also baked the Chocolate Organic Beet Cake made with Worden Farm Organic Beets. Cail Dyal and Jackie Hampton were volunteer whip crackers.  Lewis and Stella Parker hosted the historic artifacts and exhibits about the WWI Carlstrom and Dorr Aviation Training Camps. Tim Kirscher and Sam McLeod took photographs for us. Kay Higley organized the musical entertainment.
        Behind the scenes, Mitzie McGavic made sure of every detail from permits to port-a-potty  and sound stage. She was our “Jane of all knowledge”. Most importantly, Mitzie and her crew handled Parking.  Mitzie with her crew of John Super, Michelle Potter, Judie Neeley, Bebe Bradbury (who came all the way from Tampa to be with us and help), and JROTC members parked hundreds of cars.  Marsha Heine and husband manned the back gate admissions.
        The Higley’s manned the drink building and handled keeping the bathrooms supplied and icing drinks and selling water and cold drinks as well as tea and lemonade supplied by Dennis and Bruce but… oops… we ran out of water an hour before closing.  You can be sure we will up the supply for next year.
        Arlene Conley, Kathy Bryce, Linda Keen and Thelma Prance set up a great display for the Society and sold lots of t-shirts as well as other Historical Society items.  Terri and Jessie Kastor and Pat Moore sold baked goods supplied by Tonya Bordner, Kathy Bryce, Arlene Conley, Cindy Ely, Terri & Jesse Kastor, Kay Higley, Linda Keen, Claire Miller, Helen Marciante, Pat Moore, Asena Mott, Stella Parker, and Candy Reid.
        Cindy Ely’s Children’s Area was a huge success with a variety of great children’s games being played and valuable demonstrations of old fashioned how to’s.  Cindy also kept photos posted on Facebook before, during and after Pioneer Day. Helpers were many including: Jahna Leonard, Claire Miller, Adria, Anne, Marie, Paul, and Peter Niklas.  Lee Jones--our youngest Society member at nine years of age--volunteered as did Anne Marie Triay Diggers, Anne & Norman, Kathy Griffin and Teresa and Craig Green.  Sam McLeod, Peter Niklas, Alice Ames, Cindy Ely, Brandon Diggers, Dave Hutchinson, Ashley Keen, Jahna Leonard, Carol Mahler, Claire Miller, Lewis and Stella Parker helped with set-up and clean-up of the Children’s Area and Historical Society’s displays.
        Everyone loved our Traditional Cow Camp and many stopped and visited the volunteers who included: Greg Albritton, Cecil Altman, Pete Carlton, Dan & Maria Gamer, Frank Langford, Sherri Albritton Miller and Greg Whittier.   They also cooked hotdogs for the volunteer JROTC cadets lunch.
        Norma (me) had 62 vendors and demonstrators scattered about the park with the super addition of a horse and carriage rides given by Tiffany Murphy (Sweet Southern Horse & Carriage).  Food was plentiful and everyone is ready to come back next year.  Karen Smoke did all the physical set up of the vendor area and my niece, Judith Nutkis helped vendors settle into their assigned spot.
        Luke Wilson and Jeff Griffis spent two days making sure the park was kept clean and everyone who needed them got tents, tables and chairs with the much appreciated assistance of JROTC. The following day Mitzie, Carol, Jahna, and Cindy returned to the park for a final clean up.   A BIG THANK YOU FOR OUR FAITHFUL AND EXHAUSTED VOLUNTEERSWHO MAKE THE DAY SPECIAL FOR US !!!


Cow Camp - showing how the pioneer cowboy lived.

 Pioneer Day Activities

History is everywhere to read and enjoy

Children's activity area

Demonstrations include quilting, tatting, spinning and wood craft.