Dust off your boots and come on down to the Museum of South Texas History for the 25th Annual Pioneer and Ranching Crafts Day on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.
Local artisans and craftsmen from as far away as Canada will join with others from as far away as Canada to demonstrate traditional crafts that were an integral part of South Texas life centuries ago.
Now considered folk-art, these crafts were once a necessity on the South Texas home front. The Museum of South Texas History presents Pioneer Ranching Crafts Day to preserve and present these traditional crafts, and give visitors an opportunity to better understand the daily life of those that came before us.
“This exciting event highlights the traditional pioneer crafts and ranching traditions used by the early settlers who shaped our region,” said Melissa Tijerina, program officer for the museum. “The event draws craftsmen and visitors from many different countries to display a way of life that is quickly disappearing. It is truly a celebration not to be missed!”
Pioneer and Ranching Crafts Day began as a small scale presentation of daily life for area residents and settlers. Recently, the event has been rejuvenated to expand on traditions lost in modern translation.
Presenters will be many and varied, from wood carvers to soap makers, flint knappers to doll makers, furniture caners and hooked rug makers to hat band makers and horse hair braiders.
Horseshoe creation, iron works, leather-working, and needle arts will show what ranching families created in the South Texas frontier. Other presenters will demonstrate candlewicking, knitting, rock painting, spinning, weaving, rug-braiding and more.
Visitors can expect to see Pioneer and Ranching Crafts Day favorites like Leo Lopez and the Perdomo Family. Leo Lopez dazzles visitors every year with his demonstration of ancient Indian crafting in his authentic teepee. The Perdomo family draws many visitors every year to their demonstration of weaving crafts, using looms and spindles.
Headlining the entertainment for the event will be Texas favorite Camp Cookie. The larger than life personality has traveled from Dallas to be a part of to the event. Displaying his traditional chuck wagon, Camp Cookie will perform traditional cowboy tunes which might have been heard near the campfire, under the stars on the range.
Also on hand will be local mariachi groups to sing traditional Mexican music. The Edinburg Parks and Recreation folklorico dance troop will give another memorable performance.
No event would have an authentic feel without traditional cuisine. Award-winning pan de campo will be prepared by the Tijerina family. Gorditas, sopes, tamales, and Mexican candy will be sold to authenticate the visitor experience.
Admission to Pioneer and Ranching Crafts Day also allows the visitor to tour the exhibits throughout the museum including the newest addition, Will Looney Legacy Park.
Special events such as Pioneer Ranching Crafts Day are not included in the usual Saturday morning free hours, but is free for all FRIENDS of the museum.
For more information call 956-383-6911 or visit www.mosthistory.org. The Museum of South Texas History is located on the Courthouse Square in downtown Edinburg.