Pioneer Day usually the first Saturday in October, has been held since the early 90s, with a different theme each year. In the early years large bake sales were held to fund raise. Demonstrations and historical character presentations were also included. The large pumpkin weigh-in had everyone guessing its weight. Bertha Carter won the pumpkin prize pie, by guessing the actual weight of 335 pounds. Descendent Herb Rhodes (deceased) received the Nicodemus Cowboy of the Year award one year. He is the only black to serve on the Nebraska Cattlemen Association Board. A free chili feed has been added to feed participants. James Bates (deceased) provided his famous homemade chili for years.