St. Francis celebrates Pioneer Days

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.

Trent Olson, left and Kennadi Peterson are mesmerized by a bouncy kangaroo at the carnival’s petting zoo. Layton McCartney enjoys a carousel ride while held safely by his mother Blair Eklund.
Carnival goers spin high in the St. Francis sky Saturday afternoon. USA Karate members celebrate their studio’s 40th anniversary by doing flips and passing out candy. Horses from Schroeder’s Creekside Stables take a moment to greet fans watching them in the parade. The St. Francis High School marching band plays baseball-themed music wearing ball caps while its color guard lauds the sport. ACE Solid Waste graces the St. Francis Pioneer Days Parade with synchronized trash can dancers. Photos by Sara Marie Spaulding
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The St. Francis High School marching band plays baseball-themed music wearing ball caps while its color guard lauds the sport.