Pioneer Festival kicks off Friday

Published 9:59 am Wednesday, August 30, 2017

For many in Clark County, Labor Day weekend means the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival.

For most of the last four decades, the festival filled College Park for two days with arts and crafts vendors, festival food stands, local civic clubs and a whole lot of shopping and mingling.

This year’s event, which begins Friday evening, won’t be much different from the previous 38 editions. There’s even a forecast of rain this weekend, which is nothing new either.

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Two local bands, Custom Made and Prime Cut, will again perform for everyone’s dancing pleasure during the street dance in front of the Clark County Courthouse.

Saturday is the big day with the George Rogers Clark High School cheerleaders’ Walk with Friends and the David Borden Memorial 5K road race. Both events begin at 8:30 a.m. in front of First United Methodist Church, 204 S. Main St. The run/walk is a fundraiser for the Clark County Homeless Coalition.

The arts and crafts sale opens at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in College Park, which will be filled with dozens upon dozens of local and regional crafters selling their wares, from woodwork to pencil sketches and everything in between. Local groups will be among those selling festival food around the perimeter of the park. There will also be a group of artists set up inside the gymnasium.

The arts and crafts will end at 6 p.m. Saturday and return from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For those who want to avoid the hassle of trying to park around College Park, there will also be a shuttle service from Campbell Junior High School to the event site, DBPF committee member Kitty Strode said.

Saturday afternoon also features the local talent contest in the amphitheater at College Park. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the contest begins at 12:30. There is a $5 entry fee.

After the park closes Sunday afternoon, the focus shifts across town to Lykins Park for the Kitty Strode Concert Series, which begins at 6 p.m. Winchester resident and favorite Lauren Mink will open the concert, followed by Raleigh Keegan and returning act Sundy Best.

Tickets are $10 for ages 9 and older. Tickets are only available at the gate on the day of the concert.

The festival wraps up with a post-concert fireworks show at Lykins Park.

“We’ve not had them in a few years and we thought it was time to go back to that,” Strode said.

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