PLEASANT HILL — Adults and children alike can take a step back in time Saturday and play a few rounds of Kick the Can or the join in the Rolling Pin Toss.
During the village of Pleasant Hill’s 150th anniversary party, the modern-day games of most festivals will take a step back and old-fashioned games will step in, according to Ruthann Beck, co-chair of the Pleasant Hill Sesquicentennial celebration set for Saturday.
“We chose not to go as other festivals have with the modern-day bounces houses and such,” Beck said. “We want to teach our children the games from the past, from 150 years ago.”
Games, such as Kick the Can, and a nail-driving contest are on tap for the day’s events, which begin at 9 a.m. and end at 6 p.m.
Kick the Can is a game for children in which they will kick a colored tin can around a designated course.
“For men, there’s a nail-driving contest,” she said. “We will see who can drive three nails in a piece of wood the fastest.”
Women can try their hands at the Rolling Pin Toss.
“You throw a rolling pin toward a target,” she said. “The closest to the target will advance to the next round, where the target will be moved farther back.”
Tug-of-war will consist of five-member teams.
“There will be family and school teams that are challenging each other,” Beck said. “So, that will be a lot of fun.”
A coin search will be offered to children in three age groups: 5 and under, 6-9 and 10-12. Beck said an area will be lined off with a broken bale of straw and children from each age group will go in at designated times and retrieve as many coins as they can. Beck said the coins will be replenished after each age group.
“It’s a timed event, and they get to keep what they find,” said Beck, who said there is a five-minute time limit per age group.
A dog agility course and a visit from the Flying K9’s also will be part of the day’s festivities.
Adult and children’s three-legged races will be some of the first games of the day at 12:15 p.m. Beck said teams of two will complete a designated course while each run with one leg in a burlap sack.
Participants will use a paring knife provided — or use their own — to peel an apple for the apple-peeling contest to begin at 1:15 p.m.
“The longest continuous peel from a single apple is the winner,” Beck said.
Beyond games, the day will include a parade, cruise-in, speakers, re-enactors, food and more.
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