FAQ for Demonstrators

  • Accomodations: You are invited for a weekend of fun and lodging on site! Salmon Lake has RV sites, tent spaces with full hook-ups, and cabins available. We also have a designated period camp as well. If you choose to set up your canvas tent you will include that in your registration below. Otherwise, you will contact Salmon Lake to set up your reservations.
  • Participate as little or as much as you like. You can arrive on site as early as you like to prepare for the event. Then, participate in the living history on Saturday and enjoy the dance that evening. Sunday morning you are welcome to gather for worship with us.
  • Attire: Please remain in period dress throughout the day on Saturday, January 7th, and the evening of the ball. You will see that the public is allowed to wear their best dress in lieu of period attire to the ball. We understand your “best dress” will consist of whatever your best dress is for your impression.
  • This is a family event. Those under the age of 18 shall be accompanied by their parents or come as the guest of another responsible adult.
  • By registering for the event, you are indicating that you have read and will abide by the above standards as well as the guidelines set by the event location. There will be waivers to sign upon arrival to the event.
  • If you haven’t read the details about the event, please be sure to do so.
  • If you are a guest and NOT a demonstrator be sure to use this form instead.
  • Scroll down to see what others are saying about the event.
  • Have questions? Ask away in the comments below.

Demonstrator Registration

***Select the appropriate registration fee and then add on the period camp fee if you are not staying in a cabin or at an RV site. Allowing a “family” option for payment is for demonstrators only. This is our way of showing appreciation for participating in the event and helping to share our love of history and heritage with others. I don’t want anyone staying home because of the cost. If you feel so led, you are welcome to also bring items for the silent auction to help offset the cost of putting on the event or make a gift donation on site.
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See what others are saying…

Carrie…We have attended for the last 10 years and don’t ever want to miss it! It has been a time to teach my children proper etiquette in asking ladies to dance (started when my son was 5 years old)… my daughter behaves like a lady and accepts dance offers,… there are so many things to like about this! Friends to make for young and old alike. A wonderful family time!

Kayla…My two little girls and I have attended the Living History event the last two years and it is has become a highlight for us: we love dressing in historical, reproduction clothing which makes us feel like we are stepping back in time. The setting of this event being in the old timey town with vintage buildings is super cute, and lends to the nostalgia in a different way than other living history/reenactment events where the only structures are white canvas tents which participants and demonstrators bring to set up. There are both at this event! It is really interesting to see how different people in various times, location and occupation/season of life would have lived, dressed and gone about their days. I enjoy that at this event you can see those varieties and learn from those portraying them. The Ball is definitely the most talked about part of our memories and anticipation, but dance practice, sitting around a campfire or table visiting with new and old friends, playing games, sharing adventures and eating good food together are also part of this time! It is always great to share things we have learned along the way with others, both living history participants/demonstrators and those from the public who come to learn and experience history. We ALL end up learning something new, and deepening our appreciation for history. It is a lot of fun and I encourage anyone with a shred of interest in history to attend for yourself and enjoy this time with us!

Kayla’s 11 year old daughter….”I LOVED THE BALL!!!!!!! It was SO much fun!!!! Anna, my little sister, also really enjoyed it. The cabin we had was amazing! Funny how I stayed in the White Mule Saloon! 😀 I remember helping Mama get herself and Anna ready and I could barely wait to go outside and look around “town” as I called it. The “town” is super cute! I enjoyed the cooking demonstration and the blacksmith. I love the lake next to everything! It was nice that there was a dance practice in the afternoon and also during the Ball we were taught how to do each dance.🤍 Great event!!! I loved it!!!!!❤️😀⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐”

Kelsey…Last year was my group’s first year and we loved it! I particularly enjoyed the dance lessons! It was nice to have a fresh idea of how the dance went when we got to the ball, rather than trying to remember something I might have done three months ago.

Happi…Time has flown so quickly and its almost that time of year again. Last year was my third Pineywoods event. As always the loving camaraderie was like a big family reunion with new family always welcome. I rent one of the cabins every year and they are absolutely charming;if you are interested in a cabin book early. They go fast. The dinner and ball are wonderful fun with the old fashioned dances being called and dance lessons during the day for those (myself included) who are not so confident on the dance floor. Last year morning and afternoon meals could be purchased if you did not want to be bothered with cooking. For instance breakfast was breakfast burritos-and some other things I don’t remember. The servings were generous and tasty! I’ll post more details as I remember them. This year’s event promises to be great fun! Yall come!

LeAnn…Last year was my first Pineywoods. I thoroughly enjoyed the event which takes place at Salmon Lake. Transported back to the past in the old town area I visited with other Reenactors. My favorite part was the Ball, good food, new and old friends, and old fashioned dancing.

Kristi...Last year was our first time there. My son really enjoyed the demonstrations and the dance! It was great fun watching him learn the dances and then try them out later that day.

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