Picnic for real pioneers

Annual event a chance to socialize with families with deep roots

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If you go

What: Pioneer Picnic

When: Noon, Sunday

Where: Phippsburg's town park

Cost: Free and open to everyone

Bring a covered dish, salad or dessert to share and table service for your family. Roast beef will be provided.

— The annual Pioneer Picnic, scheduled for Sunday at Phippsburg's town park, is a tradition that brings old-timers and old-lineage families together to reminisce.

Carol Villa, vice president of the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg, said the event also brings together people who may have not reconnected in years.

"It's just a good time for everybody to catch up with people they haven't seen in a while and tell stories from when they were young," she said.

Linda Long's family can be called one of the true pioneering groups, moving to the Yampa Valley as early as 1886. There now are six generations of Long's family, including Long's mother, Marguerite Anderson, now 85.

The event is a collaboration between Steamboat Springs, Hayden and South Routt. Every two years, the event rotates between the three communities. The past two years, the picnic was held in Hayden with about 70 attendees in 2008.

The event this year is sponsored by the Historical Society of Oak Creek and Phippsburg, and the Yampa-Egeria Historical Society of Yampa.

This is the first time Phippsburg has hosted, Villa said, although Oak Creek and Yampa have been the host sites in the past.

Gene Sanders will provide music, and Villa said everybody will have a chance to enter a raffle for a community-made quilt, constructed one 9-inch square at a time by volunteers with the Historical Society. The theme of the quilt is a garden with flowers dominating the design. Tickets are $5 for six tickets or $1 apiece.

The event will take place inside a large tent erected in the park, and Villa said organizers plan to keep it at the Phippsburg park, rain or shine.

Long will provide roast beef for the potluck picnic, and attendees are asked to bring a covered dish, salad or dessert to share. Families also should bring their own table service.

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