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Englewood ready to rock 60th year of Pioneer Days celebrations

Englewood Moose float  in the 2011 parade.

Engle­wood Moose float in the 2011 parade.

ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – The open­ing event of the 2016 Engle­wood Pio­neer Days – the Lit­tle Miss Engle­wood Pageant – is less than two weeks away as the com­mu­nity preps for its 60th Pio­neer Days celebration.

This year’s theme is Engle­wood Rocks Six Decades, and is a prod­uct of Margo Grimshaw and the Pio­neer Days Com­mit­tee. Events are planned from Aug. 20 through Sept. 5.

The pageant, for girls only this year, gets under­way with reg­is­tra­tion begin­ning at 9 a.m. at the Lemon Bay High School Audi­to­rium. For a reg­is­tra­tion appli­ca­tion and details, see the website.

Plenty of fes­ti­val favorites are sched­uled, includ­ing Chalk­fest, Kids Ship­wreck Party, his­tor­i­cal tours, a sing-along, the ven­er­a­ble Card­board Boat Race, Ship­wreck Dance, Fish-a-Thon, and the Dia­per Derby.

All the activ­i­ties lead up to the Labor Day Week­end Pio­neer Days fes­ti­val on West Dear­born Street Sept. 4–5, with the annual parade step­ping off at 9 a.m.

This year’s parade tro­phy cat­e­gories are:

Engle­wood Rock Stars (best use of theme) spon­sored by Realtor4Paradise.com

​Engle­wood Rocks with laugh­ter (fun­ni­est) Spon­sor me !

​Engle­wood Rocks the youth (best youth entry) spon­sored by Key Agency

​Engle­wood Rocks his­tory (Engle­wood his­tory) spon­sored by Pope Insur­ance

​Engle­wood Rocks water (boats, water­life) spon­sored by Lasbury-Tracy Realty

Engle­wood Rocks with spirit (most spir­ited) spon­sored by Friends of Elsie Quirk Library

Engle­wood Rocks music (most musi­cal entry) spon­sored by PR Audio

Engle­wood Rocks Amer­ica (most patri­otic) Spon­sor me !

​Engle­wood Rock the Envi­ron­ment (green, recy­cling)  Spon­sor me ! 

​Engle­wood Rocks the arts (most orig­i­nal, cre­ative) spon­sored by FloridaHouse.Org

Tro­phies are being cre­ated by local artists from The Arts Alliance of Lemon Bay.

Parade par­tic­i­pant and ven­dor reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is Aug. 19. See the web­site for information.


2016 Pio­neer Days Event Schedule

Aug. 20, 2016           Lit­tle Miss Engle­wood Pageant, Lemon Bay High

Aug. 27, 2016           Chalk­fest 5.0, Dear­born Street

Aug. 27, 2016           Kids Ship­wreck Party, Tringali Center

Aug. 28, 2016           His­tor­i­cal Tours, Var­i­ous Locations

Aug. 30, 2016          Sing a long, Green Street Church

Sept. 3, 2016            Card­board Boat Race, Indian Mound Park, 9am

Sept. 3, 2016            Ship­wreck Dance

Sept. 4, 2016            Fish a thon, Tom Adams Bridge

Sept. 4, 2016            Dia­per Derby, Lemon Bay Wom­ens Club

Sept. 4, 2016            Pio­neer Days Fes­ti­val, Pio­neer Park, 12–8

Sept. 4, 2106           Open Car Show, (Sun­day), Dear­born St.

Sept. 5, 2016            Fun Run, Sky Academy/Englewood YMCA, 8am

Sept. 5, 2016            Pio­neer Days Fes­ti­val, Pio­neer Park, 8–3

Sept. 5, 2016            Corvette Car Show, (Mon­day), Dear­born St.

Sept. 5, 2016            60th Pio­neer Days Parade, Dear­born St. 9am


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