DeSoto County Historical Society Pioneer Day

​​                                    PARTICIPANT APPLICATION - 2020

                                                                 All spaces 15’ x 15’

Food vendors:  selling foods to be consumed on the premises-$100 per space (popcorn, peanuts, swamp cabbage, barbecue, etc.)
Authors: will donate a signed book or pay $25.00 per space (Limit one space free of charge)
Vendors other than above: $25.00 per space
Not-for-profits:  No charge (churches, animal rescue, Red Cross) Limit one booth space.  Extra space $25 per space. 

Demonstrators: No charge if doing an active demonstration of pioneer task or product (tatting, spinning, canning, other) for one space.
Parking - vendors must move vehicles to designated parking area after unloading. 
Set up  -  Set up either Friday between noon and 4 pm or Saturday morning before 9 am.                                    
There is no electric available, so please bring a QUIET generator if you require electric power.

MAIL APPLICATION and PAYMENT to: DCHS,  PO BOX 1824, Arcadia, FL 34265
Call/email questions to: or 863-558=6115

Name of business ________________________________________________________

Contact name ___________________________________________________________   

Phone _______________________Email_____________________________________

Mailing address _________________________________________________________ 

Description of item(s) offered ______________________________________________


Number of spaces required ____  Payment enclosed for $________________________
Signature ______________________________________________________________
I understand by signing this application that I agree to abide by all polices of the DeSoto County Historical Society and DeSoto County Parks and Recreation, or I may be asked to leave the event.

​DeSoto County Historical Society
P.O. Box 1824, Arcadia, FL  34265
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Dear Pioneer Day Demonstrators and Vendors,
The DeSoto County Historical Society will present the 16th annual Pioneer Day and Barbecue on Saturday, March 21, 2020,  from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The event will be held at DeSoto Veterans Park, on State Road 70, two miles west of downtown Arcadia. 

Last year, more than 2,000 people enjoyed our festival.  We offered great entertainment throughout the day, our free hands-on children’s area, many demonstrators of old-fashioned skills and crafts, plus the DeSoto Arts and Humanities Council group featuring local artists and authors.

Our Barbecue--and many other vendors--sold out last year, so invite your friends and family to savor the event’s special and traditional Florida foods.  This year we expect more folks to come and experience what “Old Florida” was like.

Your application is included and may be returned along with your fee by regular mail to: P.O. Box 1824, Arcadia Florida 34265, or email to  You may set up from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday and before 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.  

Please remember as in past years: The DeSoto County Historical Society is the only vendor to sell beverages of any type.  Anyone selling beverages will be asked to leave the event, and no fees will be refunded. 

The Pioneer Day Committee is pleased to accept applications from new vendors and demonstrators with products related to our pioneer/historic theme.  All spaces are reserved when payment is received.  If you have any questions please contact Norma Banas at 863-558-6115, or use the email