Homestead National Monument of America will celebrate Labor Day this weekend with three days of activities on the prairie.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday will each have a different theme and feature different activities for the whole family.
Homestead Superintendent Mark Engler said the Labor Day weekend events have become a tradition for the National Park Service site that many people look forward to.
“It’s a great way for us to end the summer season and I know that while they area unusual events or activities in many ways they’re traditional or fun programs that people look forward to,” he said. “I would say with the three days weekend people are always looking for fun things they can do as a family or with friends.”
Saturday’s focus will be on living history demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Education and Heritage Centers and includes two feature presentations. Guests can engage in activities related to homesteading and learn more about life during the early homestead Era.
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Those in attendance can make candles, pioneer toys, butter, and learn about Dutch oven cooking.
Sunday’s highlight will be a car show from noon to 4 p.m. with the “Homestead Era Car and Truck Show” at the Heritage Center. Cars on display range from Model T’s to models built up to 1986 when the Homestead Act was rescinded. The Friends of Homestead will provide trophies for the event.
On Monday at 10 a.m. at the Freeman School west of Homestead, guests can try out their spelling skills at the ninth Annual Old Fashioned Spelling Bee. The Spelling Bee is sponsored by the Beatrice Daily Sun.
The words all come from the homesteading era and there are five different categories,” Engler said. “We are grateful for the help and support of the Beatrice Daily Sun with that event.”
In addition to the special events, the National Homesteading Museum, farm implement exhibit, the 1872 one room school, and more than three miles of hiking trails across the oldest restored tallgrass prairie in the National Park Service will be available.