PIERRE, S.D. – Awaken your spirit for adventure at Luce Pioneer Day, June 14, at Lake Herman State Park in Madison.

"It really is amazing to see how people lived back then," said Vicki Seger, park manager. "The best part about Pioneer Day is that there really is something for everyone."

Visitors can take part in butter churning, apple press demonstrations, gold panning, quilting, and spinning. In addition, they can make pioneer toys, candles, ropes and sun bonnets.

"This family event features live music and entertainment all centered around pioneer life," said Seger. "All activities are free, however a state park entrance pass is required."

Luce Pioneer Day is an annual event hosted at Lake Herman State Park that celebrates the pioneers who homesteaded Lake County. The festivities are held near Luce Cabin, built in 1872. The cabin was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

For more information about the Luce Pioneer Day check out www.SDparks.info and click on Lake Herman State Park or call (605) 256-5003.

The In Your Own Backyard series is a project of the South Dakota Office of Tourism designed to highlight unique areas and attractions all across South Dakota. Click on the special "In Your Own Backyard" link at www.MediaSD.com to access the complete list of articles.

The "In Your Own Backyard" series is part of Goal 1 of the 2010 Initiative to double visitor spending in South Dakota. The Office of Tourism serves under the direction of Richard Benda, Secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development.