Steak, Stars, and Music: French Camp’s Pioneer Day Weekend

By Tekoa Miller

The weekend of May 9th-11th will be a busy one for the town of French Camp. Saturday, May 10th is Pioneer Day, a festival that celebrates an old-fashioned way of life. “In addition to the festival,” coordinator, Tekoa Miller, says, “the town has plans for the entire weekend: great food, wonderful programs, activities for all ages, and exciting music. There’s something for everyone.”

The weekend kicks off Friday night, May 9th, with Steak Night at the Council House Café. Once a month, the little café serves cooked-to-order steaks, while guests enjoy live music from local musicians. At 7 p.m., the nearby Rainwater Observatory will host a complimentary public presentation and, weather permitting, observing with the telescopes.Pioneer Day 5-14 082
Saturday morning, the festival starts around 9 a.m. with square dancing, skillet toss and crosscut saw competitions, living history demonstrators, and more. At 1 p.m., WFCA FM 108 will be hosting a free concert with country-gospel group, Red Roots, southern gospel trio, True Heart, and bluegrass entertainer, Bobby Hathorn. The Council House Café will also be open that evening, serving their full menu.
Even Sunday morning is part of the schedule. “This is our first year to host a community worship service,” Miller said. “It’s a neat partnership between French Camp Presbyterian Church, French Camp Baptist Church, and the Academy.” The worship service will be held at 11 a.m. under the main Pioneer Day tent.
For those coming from out-of-town, lodging is available at the French Camp Bed & Breakfast Inn and the Rising Son Retreat Center. To make reservations contact French Camp Academy Guest Services at (662) 547-6835.
For more information on the Pioneer Day Weekend at French Camp, visit or call (662) 547-6482.