EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – For the 60th year, Pioneer Days is bringing community members back in time. The event is hosted by the Chippewa Valley Antique Engine and Model Club. Visitors have an opportunity to learn how to blacksmith, farm the old-fashioned way, or watch a steam engine run.

Even if the activities are hundreds of years old, Pioneer Days tries to find new things to add every year. This year, a new competition featured steam engines. Pioneer Days organizer, Daryl Dehnke, says it’s all about having fun and passing along history to a new generation, “We educate people and we’re so fortunate that we have some old timers that can teach the young people what’s going on and how we did it years ago. That’s what’s really nice about this. And we teach people and we’re fortunate to have a group of members that could do that. Whether it be blacksmithing, whether it be gas engines or running the steam engines.”

Dehnke says nearly 2,000 people attended this year’s Pioneer Days. They are held every year during the second weekend of August.