Summertime – sunshine, parades, swimming, small town festivals, salt water taffy, playing with friends, celebrating our country and heritage. It doesn’t get much better than summertime! Here in Utah, almost every town has their own festival during the summer, complete with parades, fireworks, small carnivals, and endless fun week after week. We are also lucky to have a rich pioneer heritage, which we celebrate on Pioneer Day – July 24th. It’s an added Summer bonus for us and a day that we get to celebrate the pioneers who settled here so many years ago. For most, it’s also an extra day to wear our red, white, and blue and celebrate our beautiful country!
We got together with our friends from Sew Sophie Lynn and Paisley Roots and did a really fun little photoshoot at a place called Pioneer Village in Provo. It was such an amazing little place to visit! They have original pioneer homes and structures that we were able to tour, as well as many authentic items that show what life was like back in the Pioneer Days. Pioneer Village doesn’t charge an entrance fee, and they have volunteers dressed as pioneers who offer tours and can give more insight into what life was like for the early Pioneers.
One of the kids’ favorites was the handcart that they had the chance to pull. It’s hard to imagine the pioneers pulling these carts full of their children & belongings across the country, day after day as they trekked to Utah. It made me so very grateful for our air-conditioned vehicles, and moving vans available for rental at a moment’s notice!
We had so much fun with our friends learning about the pioneers and getting a little taste of their lifestyle. It was an extra challenge trying to get a picture of all of the girls together, but so very entertaining at the same time 🙂 They all looked darling decked out in their mama-made red, white, and blue attire! Maci wore her patriotic M4M Riley Dress for the occasion. We just love the twirl factor!
These two girls were especially fun to photograph, because they had their model faces on-the-ready at all times! Some of the other children weren’t quite as interested in posing for pictures 🙂
I truly just adore the online sewing community and the real-life friends I have gained through it! This photoshoot was so fun, and Maci keeps asking when we are going to meet up with our sewing friends again! Hopefully it won’t be too long!
I’m also thankful that we had the chance to learn more about our pioneer history amid all of the fun we were having! It was humbling to say the least, and gave me a renewed appreciation for the modern technologies and conveniences we often take for granted!
We are ready to celebrate Pioneer Day here in just a couple of days, and we will remember the sacrifices the Pioneers made by coming to Utah. What are your favorite Small Town traditions?
Make sure to visit these other sewing bloggers today to see how they celebrate and sew for their small town celebrations!