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Honoring pioneer heritage in Delaware

WILMINGTON, Del. — Members in the Wilmington Delaware Stake honored their pioneer heritage with two summer events.

In June, about 130 youth participated in a three-day pioneer trek, which included a community service project at the Fair Hill Nature Center and Fair Hill Nature Preserve in Cecil County, Md. Major sections of trail at both locations were cleaned, groomed and renovated. An estimated 900 volunteer hours were contributed.

In July, more than 600 members gathered in Dover for a Pioneer Day Celebration featuring pioneer crafts, games, and music. Re-enactors portrayed family life in a pioneer village as they cooked food, stitched various articles, and repaired chairs.

Children made cardboard handcart models, miniature hankie dolls, and spinning-button toys. They enjoyed bobbing for apples, playing horseshoes, using a lasso and panning for "golden" nuggets. Other activities included a pie-eating contest, baseball game, dinner and program.

"These unique events," said Wilmington Delaware Stake President J. Gary Hollingshaus to the local media, "link us to our past, increase our appreciation for the sacrifices made by our pioneer ancestors, and renew our commitment to our faith."

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