With all of the time and energy that it took to get all of the farm and housework done, families did not have a lot of time for entertainment. Pioneer families faced hard times, but they found some joy in life through entertainment. Entertainment for the early settlers included socializing, games, special occasions, community picnics, church, and music.
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Taking a trip to town was an opportunity to socialize.
Adults were very busy with all the work to be done on the farm and did not have very much time for socializing. When neighbours came for a visit, the adults enjoyed a game of cards, checkers or horseshoes. Going to church and taking a trip to town was an opportunity to socialize with other adults. Any outing that the adults had was their opportunity for socializing.
These neighbours are playing a game of cards.
Everyone looked forward to a community picnic. It was a day filled with fun. Picnics would be hosted by families or groups at houses, schools, churches, or other locations where a group of people could gather for the day. Families would arrive wherever the picnic was being held in the morning with their baskets of food.
Baskets were filled with plenty of food to feed families at the picnic.
During the day there were races, ball games, tug-of-war and other contests. Lunch was a time to share food with others. Picnic baskets were filled with plenty of sandwiches, ham, chicken, salads, cakes, pies, and cookies. Then there was singing and maybe even dancing. At the end of the day, everyone got back on their wagons and went home.
Everyone looked forward to a community picnic because it was a day filled with fun for all ages.