May 19 event includes blacksmith demonstration, exhibits showing life in Taft during the early days plus barbecue, plant sale, model railroad display and more

The West Kern Oil Museum’s annual Pioneer Days celebration will be held May 19 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. with activities that include the traditional gas engine show, barbecue, plant sale, model railroad display and a working blacksmith shop.

Museum blacksmith Jacob Hines will have the blacksmith shop open showing visitors the techniques used to create the tools used in the oil patch’s early days.

All of the Museum’s buildings and exhibits will be open to the public.

They include:

•The main museum, with its signature saber-toothed cat and displays depicting life in Taft during the oil town’s early days, along with informative exhibits on early day oil production.
•Transportation building with its display of antique and vintage cars and trucks.
•Newly refurbished 1937 Mack fire truck.
•Authentic company office, shotgun house and tent house.Other displays and exhibits

And, it’s free, except the barbecue, which will cost $15 ($10 for children 10 and under).

The popular barbecue features beef and chicken, beans, salad, rolls and homemade desserts.

Students from Taft Union High School’s Oil Technology Academy will serve as docents and help with serving and cleanup.

Serving will be from 11:30 a.m. until the food is gone.

The gift shop will also be open. It offers unique gift items, including jewelry, T-shirts, books, tapestries and souvenirs.

The Museum, which is run entirely by volunteers, is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.