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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