L&T staff report
After a seven-year hiatus, Pioneers on the Prairie will return to the high plains this summer, and whoever can survive the conditions faced by pioneers more than 100 years ago will be able to claim a cash prize and title of Ultimate Pioneer.
The contest is relatively simple but requires a time commitment for up to one week.
Contestants will be taken to an undisclosed location on the prairie and have to live there for a week.
Each day, the pioneers will have a challenge, and the winner will be safe at the campfire meeting from being eliminated. Other contestants will have a chance to eliminate one of the unprotected pioneers at the campfire meeting until the group gets down to the final when the pioneers that have been voted out return to select the Ultimate Pioneer.
Water will be provided daily as well as a can of pork and beans. Contestants will have the opportunity to earn additional meals and rewards during the contest.
The contest will take place from May 3 to June 6, and applications for contestants are now being accepted.
Those wishing to face the same conditions that pioneers faced and attempt to win the title and the cash can send an email to
. Those wishing to apply by video can send a link to the same address.
Once the contestants have been chosen, a doctor’s release will be required stating that the contestant is healthy enough to participate in the unique challenge.
The Leader & Times will then print stories throughout the summer of the daily challenges, and video clips will also be released on the L&T web site.
The announcement of the Ultimate Pioneer winner will take place at the Seward County Fair.
Only those who truly believe they have what it takes to be the Ultimate Pioneer need apply. The contest is open those 18 years-old and above.