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Celebrate the Fall Harvest at the 54th Annual Pioneer Festival


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This Saturday, Black Creek Pioneer Village hosts the 54th Annual Pioneer Festival, a harvest celebration of traditional foods, music, and crafts of Pennsylvania- German and Mennonite traditions. Visitors will enjoy a variety of things to do, from watching traditional German dancers, going to a Farmer's Market and taking Horse-drawn wagon rides. Black Creek Pioneer Village is the perfect setting for the Pioneer Festival. Visitors will journey into the past to a re-created 1860s Ontario Village complete with rural landscapes, heritage homes, restored shops, heritage gardens and period farm animal breeds, and historic interpreters in period dress who will demonstrate how villagers worked and played.

The highlight of this annual event is the outdoor auction of 60 handcrafted Mennonite quilts. The Mennonite Central Action Committee uses proceeds from the event to support international relief agencies and the Ten Thousand Villages Program.

Food is another highlight for this event from cheese, fresh pies, bread, sauerkraut and apple butter to name a few. Visitors will also get to see food making demonstrations, including one from the York Chapter of the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society who will lead a team of more than 30 volunteers who will stuff more than 700 lbs of sausages over the course of the day!

WHEN: Saturday, September 18 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

WHERE: Black Creek Pioneer Village
• 1000 Murray Ross Parkway Toronto, ON.
• One block east of Jane St., south off Steeles Avenue, right next to York University.

Welcoming Ceremony: noon at the Event Pavilion
Quilt Auction: Join in on the fast and furious bidding on handmade quilts. 12:15 pm start time in the Event Pavilion
Horse Drawn Wagon Rides: Take a ride to the Schmidt-Dalziel Century Farm to see our 200 year old barn! 11am-2:30pm, $2 per person
Sausage Making: See the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society make sausages and buy some to take home!
Snider Cider Mill: Watch and learn as the Snider Family press apples into cider at the Snider Cider Mill.
Black Creek Historic Brewery Tour: Meet the Brew Master, try some samples and enjoy a lively tour through the brewery and mill. $4 per person, set tour times
International Music and Dance: Enjoy live music and exciting dance in the heart of the village.
Spelling Bee: Kids, grades 4-5 and 7-9, compete in an old fashioned spelling bee.
Butter Churning, Apple Schnitzing, and Candle Dipping: Watch and learn as our Historic Interpreters

WHO: Black Creek Pioneer Village, Mennonite Central Relief Agencies, MCC Ten Thousand Villages, Pennsylvania German Folklore Society, The Snider Family, Imperial Order Daughter's of the Empire, York Centre District Women's Institute and the Mississauga Quilters Guild.

Admission to Black Creek Pioneer Village:
• Adults (ages 16 - 59) $15
• Children (ages 5-15) $11
• Seniors (ages 60+) $14
• Students (16+ with ID) $14
• Children 4 years and under (when accompanied with a parent) are FREE
• Members Free
• Parking $6 per car/day

About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is unique in Toronto: a place where visitors can step into another time and experience life as it was in early Ontario. Spanning more than 30 acres of pristine country landscapes, the Village is a living history experience featuring heritage buildings originating in communities across south central Ontario that has been faithfully furnished with original furniture and artifacts to re-create a rural 1860s Ontario community. Historic interpreters in period dress bring the experience to life, demonstrating how people lived, worked and played, and answering visitors' questions. The Village has been welcoming families to explore the past since it first opened its doors in 1960. Favourite destinations include the Mill, the blacksmith's shop, heritage breed farm animals, the original Stong family homestead, and a working historic brewery. The venue presents a series of special events and programs throughout the year, and hosts private functions. It is located in north Toronto, close to the intersection of Highway 400 and Highway 7. It is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). Funding for Black Creek comes from the TRCA's provincial and municipal partners, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the City of Toronto, admissions and sales, and through donations to The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto. For more information, visit




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