Porterville’s Pioneer Days and Rib-Cook-Off usually takes place downtown the first Saturday in October. This fundraiser for the Zalud House Museum features a Rib Cook-Off, Pioneer Days Queen Pageant, covered wagon rides, old west gold panning, historical re-enactments and displays, Kiwanis Kids Korner, firing of the Civil War Cannon, food, music, dancing, and craft booths.  The free event happens 11am – 3pm.