One of my fondest memories growing up was going to George Washington Carver National Monument, learning about Carver and how he became the scientist that he was.

One of my fondest memories growing up was going to George Washington Carver National Monument, learning about Carver and how he became the scientist that he was. This monument is truly an asset here in Southwest Missouri.

I encourage each of you to take some time this Saturday as the monument will host the annual Prairie Day event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fellow reporter Whitney Saporito wrote about the event in last Friday’s edition.

The fun-filled, educational day will include a living history exhibit at Moses Carver’s house, where spectators can experience old-fashioned living with hands-on activities, including candle dipping and working with washboards.

One year when I covered this event, there was a little girl learning how to use a washboard for the laundry. Her grandmother was close by. I asked the little girl how she liked doing the laundry the “old-fashioned way.” She said, “I will keep to washing with an electric washer and dryer.”

I remember seeing my family members using these washboards and I cherish the memories.

The other thing that I enjoy watching is butter churning and making candles. In fact, I still have one of the candles that I made.

The smells of Dutch oven cooking will make you hungry for some good old-fashioned cooking as well. There is nothing like cooking over an open flame, and maybe it will get you in the mood to go home and do some barbecue cooking.

There will be music as well.

In the years that I have covered this event, there is one thing that I have never done and that is taking a wagon ride. According to Whitney’s story, you can register the day of the event.

So, take a trip back in time and learn about Carver and how he and others lived.

Besides, it will be nice to get out and enjoy the cooler weather on Saturday.

Carver National Monument is located two miles west of Diamond on Route V, then south half a mile on Carver Road. For more information, contact the park at 325-4151.

Todd G. Higdon is a staff writer and writes a weekly column for the Neosho Daily News He can be reached at tghigdon@neoshodaily news.com