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Eustace preps for Pioneer Day this Saturday

Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : June 13, 2013

Monitor file photos/Pearl Cantrell Square dancers from the Log Cabin Swingers dance club in Tool demonstrate how much fun our pioneering forefathers had during their social recreational hours during a past Pioneer Day event.

Monitor file photos/Pearl Cantrell
Square dancers from the Log Cabin Swingers dance club in Tool demonstrate how much fun our pioneering forefathers had during their social recreational hours during a past Pioneer Day event.

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

EUSTACE–The 38th annual Pioneer Day is slated for Saturday, June 15. So gather up your dad (Father’s Day is Sunday) and plan for an outing that honors the local heritage.
The day kicks off with a 5K fun run with awards for all ages at 8 a.m. on the square. This event hosted by the local cross country team always attracts runners from around the state and a few rival schools for a very exciting finish. Vendors display their handiwork at 9 a.m. and lots of food vendors will be on hand to cool you off and fill you up. In years past there has been a crawfish vendor and ice cold watermelon, not to mention all the homemade baked goods. Artisans will bring their one-of-a-kind creations, perfect for decorating or finding a gift for a special someone. Don’t forget the bargains to be had on various toys, pets, sunglasses, bedding, etc.
The annual Pioneer Day parade trucks down FM 316 from the Eustace High School at 10 a.m. It features favorites like the members from the Model A Club of Cedar Creek Lake as well as reunions from various classes of graduates from EHS. Then there are games of skill, including horseshoe pitching, 42 Tournament, the dunking booth and many other attractions.
Throughout the day entertainment will proceed from the gazebo, starting with a cakewalk around it at 10:30 a.m., which benefits the intermediate teachers. A pageant for pets follows at 12:30 p.m. This is the festival for including our furry friends at the end of a leash.
Festivities close with a street dance that gets underway at 8 p.m. provided by John Allen.

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