It wasn’t the best weather St. Francis’ annual Pioneer Days festival has ever seen, but the rain held off for Saturday’s grand parade and there were nothing but smiles on the faces of the children who turned out along Bridge Street to admire the stream of fire engines and floats.
Pioneer Days kicked off the afternoon of June 7 with carnival rides, root beer floats, a talent contest, karaoke and live music by the Killer Hayseeds.
The fun continued Saturday with breakfast, a 5K run/walk, a petting zoo, the grand parade, bingo, a turtle race, bed race, horseshoe tournaments, movies in the park and more.
Saturday afternoon, Sarah Roppe and Sarah Farrier were crowned the new Miss St. Francis Ambassadors. Other candidates included Katie Cederberg, sponsored by Beef O’Bradys; Ariel Orr, sponsored by S.C. Cabinets; and Kelsey Voss, sponsored by Village Bank of St. Francis. Farrier and Roppe were sponsored by Temperature Specialist and Hunters Inn, respectively.
Also crowned Saturday were the two new Little Misses, Natalie Gavit and Brooke Reintjes. Other candidates for Little Miss were Jasmine Dahl, sponsored by St. Francis True Value Hardware; Luci Dorumsgaard, sponsored by NTM, Inc.; Annelise Hulst, sponsored by Highland Money Management; and Mackenzie Osowski, sponsored by Advanced Automotive Care. Gavit and Reintjes were sponsored by Beef O’Bradys and Opp Family Chiropractic, respectively.
The celebration continued into Sunday with the talent contest finals, a garden tractor pull, free kids’ games and a drawing of Pioneer Days button winners.