Saturday, July 25, 2009

We were in the paper! We're the ones with the goats, haven't seen a pic yet but the mention was fun.

Pioneer adventures welcome families
By Loretta Park

OGDEN -- The activities at the Pioneer Skills and Crafts Day drew more than 500 people to Fort Buenventura on Friday.

The 84-acre tract of land near the Weber River symbolizes a period of western history that brought Jennifer Jolley and her family from Sandy to celebrate Pioneer Days.

Jolley grew up in North Ogden and wanted her two children, ages 4 and 2, to experience some of what it was like to live in Utah when pioneers settled the area.

"They learned to start fires, which was fascinating," Jolley said.

Her 4-year-old daughter, Kiriana, also wanted to know more about how the mountain men trapped animals.

Paula Evans, of North Ogden, decided it was the perfect way to celebrate the holiday. She brought her daughter and grandchildren. Her grandsons, Joey and William Andrus, of Farr West, ages 9 and 11, couldn't wait to get into the canoes.

"That sounds awesome," said Joey after getting his hand stamped.

For Alyssa Ammott, of West Point, the skills day was a dream come true. The 13-year-old has attended the event for several years and learned last year that organizers would like to have someone bring animals. The Ammotts own two goats, which they milk every day.

Alyssa wore a blue dress her mother sewed for her, along with a bonnet and apron. She also wore a black and white beaded necklace her great-great grandmother made.

Asked if there was a trick to milking a goat, Alyssa said, "Not really. You just need to make sure the goats like you."

The two Nigerian Dwarf goats provide half a gallon of milk for the Ammott family each day.

Geraldine Fielding, of Riverdale, has been demonstrating how to weave cane chair seats for 20 years.

"You do get hooked on it," Fielding said.

Fielding said the most difficult part of weaving the seats is finding the chairs. She searches garage sales, thrift stores and anywhere else she can.

Christian Wardrop, 13, of Centerville, supervised three boys who were attempting to start fires using rocks, steel and tinder.

Six-year-old Christian Norman, of Bountiful, was not going to leave until he had started his fire.

"This is hard," said Christian.

"It really doesn't take long if you have good flint," Wardrop said.

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