2024 Upcoming Events

Events, membership meeting, and class information are listed below. 


Vendor registration/applications



March 1, 2024, Cracker Cowboy Dinner, 6pm - 10 pm

Thank you to our wonderful Cracker Cowboy Sponsors so far (will be updated periodically):

Gold Chuck Wagon Sponsor: 

Silver Spur Table Sponsors:

2024 Cracker Cowboy Dinner flier

March 1, 2024, Cracker Cowboy Dinner, 6pm - 10 pm

Museum Passes or Membership not valid for this event.

Y'all ready for a good time at the Cracker Cowboy Dinner? Saddle up and join us for a cowboy feast with amazing entertainment.

Cracker Cowboy Dinner
Get ready to dust off your boots, grab your favorite hat and prepare for an unforgettable evening filled with cocktails, live entertainment, and a delightful dinner under the twinkling stars. Join us at the highly anticipated Cracker Cowboy Dinner, taking place on Friday, March 1, 2024, from 6 to 10 pm. This is an event you won't want to miss!

We are thrilled to announce that Kenzie Wheeler, the sensational talent seen on NBC's “The Voice”, will be gracing us with a mesmerizing performance. And that's not all! We have the incredible duo, Josh and Jacob Brown, local musical favorites, opening for Kenzie. Pre-pare to be blown away by their extraordinary talent!
At the Cracker Cowboy Dinner, we have an exciting lineup of live entertainment and great food, but that's not the only reason to attend. We are also raising funds through the sale of dinner tickets, VIP packages, auction items, raffle tickets, and a thrilling 50/50 drawing. However, we firmly believe that our efforts will be even more successful with the support of corporate and individual sponsors. That's where you come in!

We offer a range of sponsorship levels for you to choose from, ensuring that there is an option that perfectly suits your desire to contribute. Sponsorship and VIP Information is listed on our website www.pioneerfloridamuseum.org or https://forms.gle/3XHkrxoM93ABHJAu6 .

We sincerely thank you for considering supporting our cause. By joining us, you will not only be part of an incredible evening, but you will also be contributing to the preservation, education, and celebration of Florida's rich pioneer history. Let's come together and make a difference! Don't miss out on this extraordinary event. Mark your calendars, spread the word, and get ready to have an amazing night.

The menu offers a variety of delicious dishes that will satisfy your taste buds. Begin with a refreshing salad filled with vibrant greens and vegetables. Then, enjoy a flavorful grilled ribeye steak or chicken breast. For comfort food, try the creamy macaroni and cheese. Complement your main course with perfectly seasoned roasted potatoes and green beans. End your meal with a choice of dessert including a luscious banana pudding or apple dump cake. The menu promises a memorable dining experience with a range of delectable options to please every palate.

Sponsorship Form and VIP Information

Link for Individual Tickets $100 each

Video link Kenzie Wheeler on The Voice "Don't Close Your Eyes"

Video link Kenzie Wheeler on The Voice "Beer Never Broke My Heart"


Video from Cracker Cowboy Day 2022 - Charley Belcher Fox 13 News Coverage



March 2, 2024: Cracker Cowboy Day, 10 am - 4 pm

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 March 2, 2024: Cracker Cowboy Day, 10 am - 4 pm

Step right up, folks! Get ready to be transported back in time. Florida's cracker cowboys had a truly remarkable way of herding cattle, using the sound from their trusty whips. Picture this: a 10-12 foot braided leather whip cracking through the air, creating a thunderous sound that could be heard for miles around. It's no wonder these cowboys earned the nickname "crackers." Intrigued? Well, join us on this unforgettable day to learn more!


Exciting Showdown/Shootout at 2 PM: A recreation of the 1870 Barber-Mizell feud by Cowboys from Six Gun Territory at the Log House! Join us for an unforgettable shootout that will transport you to a time of daring outlaws and legendary showdowns. Witness the Barber and Mizell face off. The air will be charged with excitement as these legendary cowboys showcase their marksmanship and quick-draw abilities.

But that's not all, my friends. Prepare to be amazed by a plethora of thrilling activities and exhibitions. Ever wondered what it's like to brand a wooden plank? Well, wonder no more! We've got several branding irons for you to choose from, and for a mere $20, you can use up to three brands. Hurry, though, as supplies are limited!

Hold onto your hats, because the excitement doesn't stop there. We've got a whip cracking presentation that will have you on the edge of your seat, a blacksmith exhibition showcasing the artistry of metalwork, and a heading and heeling roping demonstration that will leave you in awe. And fear not, little ones, for we have a special treat just for you -  children's roping and a petting zoo. The first 100 children to the petting zoo will get a free cowboy/cowgirl hat. (While supplies last)

But wait, there's more! Ever dreamt of channeling your inner lumberjack? Well, now's your chance! Test your skills at Molly's Hatchet, where you can try your hand at axe throwing.

For those Yellowstone TV fans, we have a selfie station for you to take photos with our cardboard cut-out of Rip Wheeler atr the Train Station....Triby Train Depot.

And if that's not enough, we've got cow camps, music (Cowboy Music in the Mabel Jordan Barn with THe Not Dead Yet Band and Geared up - our favorite cover band in the Gazebo), Cowboy Poetry (very popular) with Ken Uhrig (and others) and speakers ready to regale you with tales of old Florida. There will be traditional craft demonstrations that will transport you to a bygone era, mouthwatering food, samples from a local distillery, wonderful vendors and more.


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Bob Stone, speaker 11:30 am  in the Mabel Jordan Barn -

Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition

Bob Stone is an independent folklorist and media-producer based in Gainesville. In 2011,
the Florida Department of State honored him with the Florida Folk Heritage Award in
recognition of his outstanding achievements as a lifelong advocate of the folk arts and folk
artists of Florida. He conducted extensive field documentation and served as co-curator for the large travelling exhibition Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition, which has been viewed by more than 520,000 visitors from Florida to Nevada. He edited the exhibition catalog, which was published in February 2013 by the Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation.

His documentary photos have been shown in numerous exhibitions and published in
Newsweek, The New York Times, Forum, Wooden Boat and other print media. He is the
author of Sacred Steel: Inside an African American Steel Guitar Tradition, University of Illinois Press, 2010.

Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition
Exploring and celebrating the history and culture of the nation’s oldest cattle ranching
state. Few realize that cattle first came to the United States through Florida, introduced by
Juan Ponce de Leon in 1521. See and hear all aspects of Florida cattle ranching traditions, including Cracker cow-whips and unique ranch gate designs, swamp cabbage and other foodways, cowboy church and Cracker cowboy funerals, Seminole ranching past and present, occupational skills such as roping and branding, the vibrant rodeo culture, side-splitting cowboy poetry, feisty cow-dogs, and much more.

"This Florida Talks program was sponsored in part by Florida Humanities with funds from the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the aforementioned entities."

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Mar. 16, 2024: Jelly Bean Fling, 10 am - 4 pm

2024 Jelly Bean Fling

Mar. 16, 2024: Jelly Bean Fling, 10 am - 4 pm

Mark your calendars for March 16, 2024, because you won't want to miss the incredible Jelly Bean Fling, a spectacular Spring Festival! From 10 am to 4 pm, the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village will come alive with a myriad of exciting activities and attractions.

Prepare to be amazed as you stroll through the festival grounds, surrounded by talented vendors showcasing their unique crafts. Marvel at the skill of blacksmiths as they forge intricate pieces right before your eyes. And don't forget to take a moment to appreciate the intricate model trains that will transport you to a miniature world of wonder.

But that's not all! Prepare to be entertained by captivating demonstrations that will leave you in awe. Children of all ages will be delighted by the array of games and crafts available, ensuring endless fun for everyone. And speaking of entertainment, get ready to groove to the infectious beats of the Geared Up Band, who will have you dancing the day away.

Hold your breath as you witness the mesmerizing Spheres Bubble Show, a spectacle that has wowed audiences on America's Got Talent at 11 am and 1 pm, near the Citrus Packing House, northwest corner of the museum.. Prepare to be enchanted by the enchanting creatures from Pharaohs Wildlife Kingdom, and don't miss the chance to cuddle adorable animals at the FFA petting zoo. And for those seeking a bit of adventure, hop on a pony for an exhilarating ride or visit the Skunk Rescue area.

Now, let's talk about the food. Prepare your taste buds for a culinary journey like no other. From mouthwatering delicacies to delectable treats, the amazing food options at the Jelly Bean Fling will satisfy even the most discerning palates. And if you're a fan of honey, you're in for a treat! Indulge in fresh, local honey that will leave you craving for more.

But wait, there's still more to discover! Unleash your inner artist with face painting that will transform you into a living masterpiece. Join in the excitement of an egg hunt and look for Gigi the Clown dressed like a clown bunny. Gigi is formerly a Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus Clown and has traveled the world entertaining families. 


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April 27, 2024: WWII, Living History Event, 10 am - 4 pm

Field Trip Day, Friday, Apr. 26 (9am-1pm) 

 2024 WW2 Living History Event April

  • April 27, 2024: WWII, Living History Event, 10 am - 4 pm
  • Field trip day, Friday, Apr. 26 (9am-1pm) 

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Presenter, Eliot Kleinberg spent more than four decades as a reporter, including more than 33 years at The Palm Beach Post. In addition to covering local news, he wrote extensively about Florida and its history. He produced two history columns and more than a dozen books about the state. He also runs a blog on bad writing and how to fix it called “Something Went Horribly Wrong”.

Presentation: War in Paradise: World War II in Florida (Time TBA)

In the first weeks after Pearl Harbor pulled America into a two-front war, Germany’s U-Boats worked with immunity. Off Florida alone, they sank 24 ships. Some of Florida’s very features that attracted tourists made it a logical place for Florida as well. The state, a strategic asset for its geography and climate, became an armed camp. Hotels turned into barracks, and hospitals, bases and airfields increased from 8 to 172 by 1943. The sleepy southern state became one of the nation’s hotspots, and Florida would never be the same.

Program Length: 60 Minutes


Pre-registration required for Field Trip Day

Lesson plans available in pre-registration form

Next Generation Sunshine State Standards
SS.4.A.1.1: Analyze primary and secondary resources to identify significant individuals and events throughout Florida history.

SS.4.A.8.1: Identify Florida's role in the Civil Rights Movement.

SS.912.A.1.2: Utilize a variety of primary and secondary sources to identify author, historical significance, audience, and authenticity to understand a historical period.




Introduction to Weaving
This class is an introduction to weaving with an emphasis on multi-harness looms. In this class you will prepare a table loom and weave a sampler on it. As you make the sampler you will learn the parts of a loom and their functions. Other topics include weaving terms and tools. Other types of looms will also be discussed. All tools, yarn and looms are provided for this introductory class.

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER 3 DAYS IN ADVANCE: Please Contact Marilynn Ory (405)-250-5473 voice or text.

Class fees are $25 for the first class and $20 for follow-on classes.

2024 - More classes TBD, check back soon.


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Pioneer Quilt Guild Meeting
The first Tuesday of every month starts at 6 pm.
Main Building of the Pioneer Florida Museum in the Lockey Room


Please wash or sanitize your hands often. The museum frequently sanitizes common areas and has hand sanitizer available. If you are sick, please stay home. The health and safety of our staff, guests and volunteers is our highest priority. 



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