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The First Frontier 

Ever wonder how you got by before the proliferation of the cell phone? What about electricity and indoor plumbing? Believe it or not, Missourians lived happily for years without modern conveniences, and some of them even got famous for the style in which they lived. Daniel Boone, for instance, perfected the pioneer lifestyle long before the Oregon Trail computer game made river-fording popular with late-twentieth-century kids. This weekend’s Pioneer Days Festival recreates the real thing, pre-1840s style, at Lindenwood University’s Daniel Boone Home and Boonesfield Village (1868 Highway F, Defiance; 636-798-2005). From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (September 29 and 30), witness costumed re-enactors demonstrating pioneer activities such as flintknapping, chair-making and spinning (as in, “wool into homespun”, not the stationary bike spinning). For the more explosive personalities, there is both a black powder competition shoot and a candy cannon, along with artisan crafts for sale from craftspeople and traders encamped for the weekend. For a $6 to $12 admission, that’s a whole lot cheaper than a computer game, and a whole lot more fun.
Sat., Sept. 29; Sun., Sept. 30, 2007

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