The sticky fingers and smiles of St. Francis children proved the town’s 50th Pioneer Days celebration was a success.
The annual parade was a highlight of the three-day festival, when residents took to the streets to commemorate the history of their town. The high school marching band thrilled the crowd with a baseball-themed performance. Musicians wore ball caps and uniforms, while color guard members tossed and turned flags adorned with giant baseballs.
Local businesses thanked hometown customers by passing out candy, political candidates gave stickers to unsuspecting children in hopes they would advertise their cause and winners of various pageants entertained the crowd. Churches took the opportunity to reach out beyond their walls and sports teams garnered the support of fans.
After the parade some residents hit the carnival rides at Community Park while others took a look back at 50 years worth of memorabilia displayed in Woodbury Park.
Pioneer Days was full of free food, carnival rides and live music. The festival included a car show, Miss St. Francis competition, talent contest, turtle race, bed race, tractor pull and waterball fight.
New this year was a fireworks show on Saturday night at St. Francis High School.