By Naomi Hatch
The Snowflake Academy will be the focus of Pioneer Days, scheduled July 24-28 in Snowflake. The theme is Academy Centennial–Building a Future. Organizers have pulled together a variety of events for the annual celebration.
At 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, July 24-26, at 5 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, and at 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, What Power Shall Stay the Heavens, written by Nerita Flake, will be presented by the Snowflake Stake at the Snowflake Social Hall. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to the performance, and there will be a preshow by the Nauvoo Band. Admission is free.
The July 25 Thursday Night in the Park performance will feature the Gary Kirkman family. The free show starts at 7 p.m. at the Pioneer Park Band Shell.
At 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, The Pithy Plight of Poor Pitiful Penniless Pauline, written by Elaine Ellsworth, will be presented by Silver Creek Little Theater at the Snowflake Social Hall. The doors will open 30 minutes prior to the performance. Tickets are $5 each, and may be purchased at the small cabin across from the Social Hall prior to the performance or in advance at Perfect Printz.
Snowflake Historic Home Tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 26, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 27. Admission is $1 per home per person or $12 for a family pass. Donations are accepted. Tours begin at the Stinson Museum.
The Snowflake/Taylor Chamber of Commerce will host an arts and crafts festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Snowflake Municipal Golf Course, located off State Route 277 at 90 N. Country Club Drive. The event will include music, entertainment, food and a kids’ area.
A quilt show will be held from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Snowflake Academy Building. Admission is $1 per person. Tickets for a quilt raffle will be offered for $1 each or 25 for $20.
Church championship softball games will be played at Centennial Ball Park, with the Young Women playing from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday and 5 to 6 p.m. on Saturday; Women, 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday and 6 to 7 p.m. on Saturday; Young Men, 8 to 9 p.m. on Friday and 7 to 8 p.m. on Saturday; and Men, 9 to 10 p.m. on Friday and 8 to 9 p.m. on Saturday. There is no admission fee.
Neon Circus, a Brooks and Dunn tribute band, will perform in concert at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Snowflake Auditorium. Advance tickets are available at Shevell’s for $7, or tickets may be purchased for $10 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Snowflake Academy Foundation.
The Snowflake Rodeo will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Taylor Rodeo Grounds. Professional and local events will be combined. Admission will be $5 per person, with children 5 and under admitted free. Free fireworks shows will follow the rodeo at 9:15 each evening.
Youth dances will be held at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Snowflake LDS Main Street Church parking lot. Appropriate dress is required. Admission is $2 per person.
Young single adult dances for ages 18 to 30 will be held at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Pioneer Park Chapel parking lot. Appropriate dress is required. Admission is free.
Saturday’s events kick off at 6 a.m. with the start of the Pioneer Days 10K run or 2-mile run or walk at Country Club Drive. The $12 entry fee includes a T-shirt.
Kids’ foot races will begin promptly at 8 a.m. on Saturday on the front lawn of the Main Street Chapel. There is no entry fee.
The Pioneer Days Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Snowflake Municipal Golf Course. There is no admission charge.
The annual Pioneer Day Parade, which will follow the theme Academy Centennial–Building a Future, will start at 9 a.m. The parade route will be Second West. Jeff Flake will serve as parade marshal.
The Pioneer Day Program will begin at 10:30 a.m. or immediately following the parade at the Main Street LDS Chapel.
The annual barbeque will be served from 11 a.m. until the food is gone at the Snowflake Social Hall for $5 per plate.
An alumni reunion volleyball tournament will open at 11 a.m. at the Snowflake High School gym. Admission is $2 per person.
The Snowflake Swimming Pool, located at First South and Third West will offer free swimming from 12 noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Day of the Cowboy Dance and Barbecue will be held Saturday night in the Community Building next to Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church. The doors will open at 6 o’clock and the dance begins at 7. For more information, call 536-4082.
A Single Adult Dance for those aged 30-plus will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday at the Snowflake Stake Center. Admission is $2 per person.
A first aid station will be available all day on Friday and Saturday at the Snowflake Fire Department.
For more information on Snowflake Pioneer Days, call 536-4331 or go online to www.snowflaketaylorchamber.org.
By Naomi Hatch