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Fun, Games and History Combine at Scholte Fun Days

Posted: Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 at 6:21 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Eric Gotschall

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Around two dozen area kids took part in Thursday morning’s Scholte Fun Day at the Scholte House Museum in Pella. The two-hour event took kids on a tour of the historic home of Pella’s founder and featured games and snacks that were similar to what children would have enjoyed when Pella was a fledgling community. Jaden Joy Morgan attended the event, along with her sister Jalayna, and said she enjoyed the games in the Scholte Garden, but also had opportunities for learning inside the home as well.

“Tug-of-war was really fun, but learning about the founder of Pella was really interesting too.”

The Morgan sisters are the daughters of Jeff and Lisa Morgan, of Pella. Tresa Vos, daughter of Jeremy and Jodi Vos, was another of the participants in the event who also took interest in Pella’s past.

“I really like history, and learning about the founder of my town, and it was just really interesting.”

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Another set of siblings who attended the event, brothers Nick and Matthew DeJong, said they each learned that the day-to-day tasks, such as churning butter – and even the games – were more difficult in the 1800s.

“The spinning top game was really hard, but that was one of the games that they probably played back then,” said Nick. “[I was interested] in the butter churning,” added Matthew. “Back then, they didn’t have stores, so they had to turn it [themselves].”

Matthew and Nick are the sons of Mike and Stephanie DeJong, also of Pella. Scholte Fun Day has been held annually since 2004.