Walking in to the Museum of South Texas History for Pioneer and Ranching Crafts day this weekend was like going down in time of cowboys and Indians. Though Saturday started off as cold and rainy, it did not stop visitors from attending the event. Visitors experienced what life was during South Texas pioneering and ranching days with chuck wagons, a full scale, authentic Indian tepee and food such as pan de campo - all together in one place to show the history of pioneering. In its 25th year, the event is done to preserve and present traditional crafts, and give visitors the opportunity to understand daily life of people who lived in the area during the pioneer days.
Visitors were able to see the milking process from Southwest Dairy Farmers, horseshoe creations and knitting. Mariachi “Mundial” kept visitors entertained with traditional mariachi music. Camp Cookie also entertained visitors with traditional cowboy tunes.
Over 30 local artisans and craftsmen demonstrated traditional crafts to visitors such as wood carving, soap making, rug makers, and horse braiders. Children activities included rock painting and doll making with corn husks. Visitors were able to taste homemade butter as presenters showed the butter churning process.
State Rep. Aaron Pena, D-Edinburg, attended the event with his family. “I brought my family here today because this is a celebration of our culture, and our people,” he said. “We have many visitors here who are not from the Valley — our Winter Texans are here in force and we are just proud to show off.”