Pilgrimage honors Good Old School Days next weekend

It’s time! The annual Carrollton Pilgrimage and Pioneer Day will take place in a week. The two-day festival will take place on Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1.

This year’s theme is Good Old School Days and will celebrate Carroll County’s past and present schools. Carrollton Mayor Pam Lee told the Carroll County Board of Supervisors at their Sept. 6 meeting in Carrollton that 20 classes have signed up and she hopes more will do the same.

Lee also told the board that the Carrollton Pilgrimage Board is currently looking for volunteers to help out during the festival.

She said at the last Carrollton Pilgrimage Board meeting that there were 60 vendors and four food trucks. She said that since then the board has added more vendors and “another food truck or two.”

“The trucks will also stay for the street party which starts at 6 p.m. The last two weeks before the festival are busy with vendors asking for booth space, so it’s hard to say now how many booths there will be on October 1,” she said.

The Pilgrimage and Pioneer Day is a huge draw to the town of Carrollton. It gives people a glimpse into the interiors of pre-war homes and to celebrate how far Carrollton has come.

On Friday, September 30, tickets for the home visit will go on sale at the Pilgrimage Headquarters at City Hall at 9 a.m. The home visit will begin at 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

At noon there will be a chicken spaghetti lunch at the Carrollton Baptist Church. Interested persons should inquire about tickets at headquarters.

On Saturday, October 1, there will be a pancake breakfast at the Carrollton Masonic Lodge from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. And at 9:00 a.m., tickets for the home tour will go on sale at Pilgrimage’s headquarters at Carrollton City Hall.

At 9 a.m., everything starts. Registration for Good Old School Days will begin in the hallway of the courthouse. Every alumnus of any school in Carroll County should stop by and sign up.

This year’s home tour will feature Stanhope, The Oaks and Cotesworth. Historic buildings and churches will also be featured, including the Merrill Museum, Gee’s Store, Carrollton Baptist Church, Carrollton Presybterian Church, Grace Episcopal, Carrollton Masonic Lodge and Carrollton United Methodist Church. Tickets for the tour will cost $15 for adults.

The Pioneer Day Festival will begin on October 1. There will be displays of arts and crafts, food, education and a car show in the courthouse square.

Parking will be at the Carroll Academy gymnasium and there will be transport to the plaza.

From 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be Music in the Square. This year’s emcee is Dewitt Cobbins of the Cobbins Brothers. The stars will be Just Friends, the Bear Marsh Missionary Baptist Church Choir, Wilton Neal and the Cobbins Brothers will end.

Then at 1 p.m., there will be the dedication of the historic marker to the Masonic Lodge.

And to end the evening, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. there will be a street party.

Lee said this year’s festival will now have a street party on Saturday nights from 6-9 p.m. At the board meeting, she said the street party will be held on the south side of the Carrollton courthouse, but there will be a rainy spot just in Cas.

“The Street Party is an exciting addition to the Pioneer Day Festival. As we pray for good weather all weekend, a backup location at Carroll Academy Gym has been approved by the school for the street party,” she said.

Lee said music for the street party will be provided by Indianola’s Showtec Productions and there will also be a photo booth. She said this year’s event had something for everyone.

“Whether you graduated from a Carroll County school or not, there will be something for everyone at the 2022 Carrollton Pilgrimage and Pioneer Day Festival!” said Lee.

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