By Naomi Hatch
The 136th Snowflake Pioneer Day celebration will draw thousands of people to the community, where a host of activities await them Thursday through Saturday, July 24-26.
The annual event will begin Thursday with the Silver Creek Little Theater’s performance of The Queen’s Black (K)Night or Why is the Ball Always a Brawl? at the Snowflake Social Hall. There will be 5 and 7:30 p.m. performances on Thursday and Friday, and 1:30 and 4 p.m. performances on Saturday. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. Tickets are $5 each, and are available at Perfect Printz or 30 minutes prior to the performance at the cabin across from the Social Hall.
Thursday Night in the Park will be a musical tribute to the late Tawna Flake Posegate. The performance begins at 7 p.m. at the Pioneer Park Band Shell. There is no admission charge.
Historic home tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, and from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. Tours begin at the Stinson Museum, located at 102 N. First St. East.
The Arts and Crafts Festival presented by the Snowflake/Taylor Chamber of Commerce will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Snowflake Municipal Golf Course, 90 N. Country Club Drive. There will be music, entertainment, food and a kids’ area.
The Snowflake Academy Foundation Quilt Show will be held from 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Academy Building, 148 S. Second West. Admission is $1 per person.
The church softball championship games will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Centennial Ball Park. There is no admission charge. Young Women’s games are scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. both nights; Women’s games, 7 to 8 p.m.; Young Men’s games, 8 to 9 p.m.; and Men’s games, 9 to 10 p.m.
The rodeo will be held at 7 o’clock on Friday and Saturday evenings at the Taylor Rodeo Grounds, and will feature professional and local events combined. Admission is $5 per person, with kids 5 and under admitted free.
Fireworks shows are planned following the rodeo at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Youth dances for ages 14 to 18 are planned at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Snowflake LDS Main Street Church parking lot. Appropriate dress is required. Admission is $2.
Single adult dances for ages 18 to 30-plus will be held at 9 p.m. on Friday and from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Snowflake Stake Center, Ninth South 200 West. Admission is $2, and appropriate dress is required.
The Pioneer Day Run, which includes a 10K run, and a two-mile run or walk, begins at 6 a.m. on Saturday at the Snowflake Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse. There is a $20 fee that includes a T-shirt, or enter for $10 without the T-shirt. Pre-register on line at 222.ci.snowlfkae.az.us, click on Rec & Parks, or register at Snowflake Town Hall.
The kids’ foot races will begin promptly at 8 a.m. on the front lawn of the Main Street LDS Chapel. There is no charge.
The Pioneer Days Car Show goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Snowflake Municipal Golf Course. There is no admission charge.
The annual Pioneer Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. on Second West and will end on Second North. The theme is Pioneers & Patriots, and the parade marshal will be Spud Stratton.
Immediately following the parade at around 10:30 a.m., the Pioneer Program will be held at the Main Street LDS Chapel. Special tribute will be given to our hometown veterans, including a slideshow. The program will also feature live musical performances, and speakers Merlin and Sherry Hancock.
The annual barbecue, Come-N-Get It Before It’s Gone, begins at 11 a.m. at the Snowflake Social Hall, located at 78 W. Center St. The cost is $5 per plate.