Whenever possible, pioneers liked to mix work with fun. In days long before television, movie theaters, shopping malls, and the internet, people had to be creative. Some social activities pioneers participated in were; cabin raising, husking bees, quilting parties, spelling bees, fireside chats, county fairs, and Sunday church services.
When a new cabin was to be built, everyone in the community pitched in to help his or her neighbor. During the building process, breaks were occasionally taken for shooting contests, wrestling, or even a drink of alcohol! A great feast was usually held when the cabin was completed. Often a cabin was raised (built) for newlyweds. On the wedding day, usual chores were put aside, and the feast lasted all night.
At a husking bee, neighbors gathered together to husk or shuck corn on two teams. The cut and piled corn was divided between the two sides. The side that husked its half first, won. And custom held that when a boy found a red ear of corn, he would kiss whichever girl he chose!