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. Please contact Salmon Lake to make cabin reservations. We also have a designated period camp as well for $10 for the weekend. You will add that onto your registration form.
  • ALL demonstrators must register, even if you will be there just for the day. This will avoid confusion at the gate and keep you from being charged twice. I am renting out the facilities and location so we can have our demonstrations and need to recoop those funds. As a thank you for volunteering and participating in the event I will have a light meal for you after the living history ends. You also have free entry to the ball that evening if you choose to join us.
  • Schedule: (Tentative)
    • Friday afternoon “Meet and Greet the Demonstrators” and Shop for the Ball–this is something new that has been added this year. This will be super casual. You do not have to be dressed out and can be setting up.
    • SaturdayPlease stay in period dress all day and evening if you’re attending the ball. Keep all non-period items out of site. We will have a hot meal between 4 and 5 pm for all demonstrators.
    • Sunday–We will have a Sunday service together at about 10 a.m. in the Texan Hotel
  • 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

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Purchase Your Tickets

If at all possible, please choose to pay with credit card or debit card. If after hitting the Register button you are not taken to a confirmation screen your card did not go through. Let Deborah know if you have trouble. Your ticket gives you access to Salmon Lake Park, the bath house, a light meal Saturday afternoon, and the ball (optional). You’re also welcome to camp in the period encampment area.

Pineywoods Living History token

Old Ways Made New is paying Salmon Lake for all those staying overnight in a canvas tent as a reenactor or demonstrator. This amount has not been added to your ticket price this year. The prices are kept as low as possible so you can attend no matter your circumstances. You are much appreciated for your contribution of your time and contributing to the event. If you are in a position to make a donation and feel so led you can do so here. If not, we completely understand. No worries.

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.


  1. I came last year with Venturing Crew 1872 (a Boy Scouts group that does reenactments), and had a wonderful time. I look forwards to this year’s event, and especially the ball!

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