Charles City goes back in time

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CHARLES CITY, IA – Charles City celebrated Pioneer Day at the Floyd County Historical Society and Museum on Saturday.

Members of the community were invited to attend an event hosted by the Historical Society and Museum, to learn about a day in the life of someone living during the pioneer era.

Attendees could learn how to make rope, watch someone weave a rug, make homemade apple cider and visit the petting zoo.

Mary Townsend, the Director of the Historical Society, said that they host the event as a thank you.

“We would not survive without the support of Floyd County and its residents and other people so every two years it’s one of our ways of giving back,” Townsend said.

For many, the petting zoo was the highlight of the day.

Jody Flint, Co-President of the historical Society and Museum added to the petting zoo excitement by bringing llamas she has raised since they were born.

Flint said that her favorite part of the day was, like others, the petting zoo, but for a different reason.

“All the little kids! Kids who’ve never petted a llama, kids who’ve never fed a llama, yeah it’s fun,” Flint said.

She has been raising llamas for 25 years but that kind of dedication was trumped this afternoon as we learned that Pioneer Day is an event that has gone on in Charles City since 1981.

The Historical Society and Museum in Charles City succeeded in providing families with an event that encouraged you to turn off the electronics and experience new things.

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