Pioneer Days fill weekend
by John DeFoor
Sep 04, 2011 | 2950 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sean Smith rides in a bubble in a pool of water at Saturday’s Pioneer Days at Sam Smith Park. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Despite the hot weather, Cartersville residents and visitors alike gathered for Pioneer Days at Sam Smith Park on Saturday. The four-day festival featured a variety of family-oriented activities, including an array of rides, craft venders and food.

"We just wanted to enjoy some hometown fun," said Heather Smith. "It is really hot but the kids are having so much fun I'll tolerate the heat. We love to see these kind of events come."

Smith's 7-year-old son Ezra had his first time riding a Ferris Wheel. Meanwhile, 2-year-old Danielle Hendrick was busy riding the carrousel for the 10th time.

"It's probably the horses," said her aunt, Olivia Stallings. "She loves animals and anything to do with animals."

After each ride Danielle switched to a new horse. "Believe it or not this is our first year," Stallings, a Cartersville resident, said. "We just thought we'd check it out."

"You've got barbecue, you got fish, you got lemonade," said Johnathon Eller, who was visiting the park with his wife and daughter Saturday. "FiJi Fruit Shakes, they have the best limonade I've ever had."

Other features of the park included pony and camel rides, a petting zoo, and the motorcycle show titled The Wall of Death.

One of the newest features of the carnival, The Wall of Death is a five-act show featuring four riders on a variety of vehicles, including Harley-Davidson motorcycles and vintage Indian motorcycles such as 101 Scouts, two of which are over 80 years old. Each of these vehicles race on a circular, mainly vertical wall 16-feet high while the viewers watch from above.

Wahl E. Walker, one of the "trick-riders," said, "You'll never get closer to a racing machine in your life."

He said the viewers find themselves only a foot away from the action.

The four-day carnival continues throughout the weekend, ending Monday with a fireworks display at dusk. For more information, visit www.pioneerdaysga.com.