“A hidden gem within the city of St. Cloud,” is how St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Natural Resources Supervisor Gabriel Almonte, describes Peghorn Nature Park and Trails, the 58-acre preservation and conservation-oriented park hosting the Peghorn Homestead Picnic and Pig-Out on Nov. 16. This free family-friendly event, sponsored by the St. Cloud Parks and Recreation Department, boasts live music by local bluegrass band, Bluegrass Jams, as well as classes, demonstrations, a guided nature walk and more. The Fine Swine of Troop 9, the award-winning barbecue team of BSA (Boy Scouts of America) Troop 9 of St. Cloud, will be on hand offering a barbecue lunch of pulled pork sandwiches, chips and a drink (choice
of soda or bottled water)
Troop 9 leader and former St. Cloud Fire Marshall David Ennis said that the troop members would be prepping, cooking, and serving the meal.
“The money earned stays local and can only be used for scouting,” he added.
The troop will also have forms available to take pre-orders for holiday meal meats. Picnic-goers may also bring their own food and drink to the event.
“Peghorn Nature Park and Trails is open to the public, and we will have picnic areas where people can sit down and enjoy the park, as well as a picnic area inside our butterfly pad where butterflies may be fluttering around for them to enjoy,” Almonte said.
Guests may also bring blankets and set up their picnics in the park’s open courtyard or sit by the pond to enjoy a closer look at local wildlife.
Almonte explains that Peghorn Park is all about preserving history as well as nature.
“This event is about celebrating our past, present, and preserving our future,” he said of this annual fall event.
A building that has been preserved is the Trailhead Center, originally built as a home in 1912 from local cypress wood. It is named for the cattle known for having unique wood peg-shaped horns. Children can visit the Sunnyside Schoolhouse (one of the first in Osceola County), and see what a classroom used to look like, or have fun ringing the cast-iron bell.
“People can take a little walk back in time,” he said of these experiences.
There will be local exhibitors offering homemade crafts for sale, and there will be a class on spinning fibers. A master gardener will be presenting a class on how to transition one’s yard to native plants. The Native Plant Society will have native plants available for purchase, and a blacksmith will be demonstrating the skills of his trade. Complimentary activities include homestead arts and crafts making, and face painting. To commemorate the event, picnic-goers can have their pictures taken at the fall-themed photo booth and have their complimentary photos printed out or sent to them electronically.