By Ashlyn Rhodes
This Saturday is the 8th annual Smartsville and Timbuctoo Pioneer Day. The historical festival helps raise money for the Smartsville Church Restoration Fund, a group dedicated to restoring the old Catholic church in Smartsville and turning it into a visitor center and museum.
Group Vice President Kathy Smith says the festival is a family-friendly event.
Smith says there will also be local crafters and food and drink vendors at the free event, plus horse-drawn carriage rides, demonstrations, and a costume contest open to anyone who wants to dress up like a pioneer. The festival, which is in downtown Smartsville, starts at 9 on Saturday and runs all day before closing down at 4. Parking and entry is free. For more information, call 743-0413 or go online.