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A Fun-Filled Day Planned for Old Yeller Days
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 • Posted September 4, 2013

The Old Yeller Days celebration to be held Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Mason County Courthouse Lawn will bring to life the frontier times of Mason County and its literary heritage of Mason author Fred Gipson. Sponsored by the Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library, the event will showcase re-enactors and demonstrations emphasizing the 1870s time period in which Old Yeller was set.

Cavalry re-enactors, spinning and frontier household demonstrations are just a few of the activities that are planned. New this year will be a Old Time Games event where kids and even adults can participate. Games such as Hoops, Graces, Sack Races, Diabolo, Marbles and Farkle are just some of the activities that will be offered.

Children have been rolling hoops from the time of the ancient Greeks through the hula hoop craze of the 1950s. The early North American colonists brought this pastime with them from Europe. In the 19th century, both wood and metal hoops were favorite playthings.

Diabolo uses a juggling prop consisting of an axle and two cups or disc. The object is spun using a sting attached to two hand sticks . In Graces, opponents send gaily beribboned hoops whirling towards each other to be caught on the tips of slender wands in this exciting and elegant sport. The game was considered proper and beneficial exercise for young ladies in the 1800s and it was proper for boys to join in as a “lark”. Farkle is a game played with dice and will be one of the several parlor games offered.

So come on out to Old Yeller Days and enjoy some old-time fun and play the games children in the 1870s did in their free time. The Old Yeller Days celebration is being held the same time as the 1st annual Fall Festival of Churches and the Lion’s Club annual Gem of the Hill Country 5 & 10K Run.

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