By Francie Payne–
Thousands of residents, former residents and visitors will gather in Snowflake this weekend for the 134th annual Pioneer Days celebration, and every one of them will find something fun or enlightening to do.
The event will kick off with an old fashioned melodrama, “Creatures of the Yukon or Grandma, What Big Eyes You Have,” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, at the Snowflake High School Auditorium. Performances will also be given at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 22, and at 2, 5 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 23. General admission is $6 at the door or $5 if purchased in advance at Shevell’s.
Thursday Night in the Park will feature David Peterson and Tawna Flake at 7:30 p.m. at the Pioneer Park Band Shell. There is no admission charge. Bring a blanket or a chair and watch the show in comfort.
Friday’s activities start at 9 a.m. as the Eurofresh Pioneer Day Golf Tournament tees off at the Snowflake Golf Course. The entry fee for the three-person scramble is $40 per person, and includes green fees, cart, lunch and prizes.
Tours of the Snowflake Historic Homes will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tours begin at the Stinson Museum. Admission is $1 per person per home or $12 for a family pass.
An arts and craft festival sponsored by Eurofresh and presented by the Snowflake/Taylor Chamber of Commerce is slated from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Main Street Pioneer Park. The event will include music, entertainment, food, a kids’ area and a rock climbing wall. No admission will be charged.
A quilt show is scheduled from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Snowflake Academy Building.
Church League championship softball games are planned from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday and from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at Centennial Ball Park. Admission is free.
The Snowflake Rodeo will start at 7 o’clock on Friday and Saturday evenings at the Taylor Rodeo Grounds. Admission is $5 per person. Children age 5 and under will be admitted for free.
Youth dances are scheduled at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Snowflake Main Street Chapel parking lot. Admission is $2 per person. Young single adult dances for 18 to 30 year olds are also planned at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Pioneer Park Chapel parking lot. Admission is free.
The Pioneer Day Fun Run is scheduled at 6 o’clock on Saturday morning, signaling the start of the day’s activities. Participants can choose between a 10K or two-mile run or walk, starting at Country Club Drive. The $12 entry fee includes a T-shirt.
Kids’ foot races will follow promptly at 8 a.m. on the front lawn of the Main Street Chapel. There is no entry fee.
The Sweet Wheels Car Show will get underway at 8 a.m. at the Snowflake Golf Course, and will continue until 2 p.m. There is no admission charge.
The Pioneer Days Parade will begin at 9 a.m. on Second West. The theme of this year’s celebration and the parade is “Joy in the Journey.”
At 10:30 a.m. or immediately following the parade the Pioneer Program will be held in the Main Street Chapel.
Barbecue will be served from 11 a.m. until the food is gone at the Snowflake Social Hall for $5 per plate.
Everyone is invited to enjoy free swimming from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Snowflake Pool, located at First South and Third East.
An alumni basketball game to benefit the Snowflake High School boys’ basketball program is slated at 2:30 p.m. at the SHS gym. Admission is $1 per person.
A single adult dance for adults aged 30-plus is scheduled from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Snowflake Stake Center. Music will be provided by the Country Aces, and admission is $2 per person.
If restrictions permit, a fireworks show is planned at 9 p.m.