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Florence Pioneer Days Festival this weekend

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Florence Pioneer Days Festival - 2017 Poster (Artwork by Rudl Mergelman) Florence Pioneer Days Festival - 2017 Poster (Artwork by Rudl Mergelman)

The 90th annual Florence Pioneer Days Festival kicks off this Friday with three days of family-friendly events.

Organizers bring people together in the small community to celebrate their Wild West roots, along with the vibrant art, agriculture and ranching heritage that exists today.

The Junktique opens for business on Friday morning, with food vendors and craft booths offering locally made goods. Enjoy the open-air market on North Santa Fe Avenue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Friday night's main attraction is the "Spirits of the Past" at the Rialto Theater on West Main Street beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $5 for the event where the audience is introduced to the newly crowned King and Queen of this year's events.

On Saturday, enjoy a full day of events surrounding Pioneer Park with food, vendors, music and entertainment:

Lion's Club Breakfast - 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. - Pioneer Park

Parade Flyover - 10 a.m. 

Pioneer Day Parade - 10 a.m. - Main Street from the Library to McCandless Avenue

Denver Broncos Alumni - After the parade enjoy a visit by 8 Denver Bronco alumni in town for the festivities.

Tractor Pull - 12 p.m. - Pathfinder Park

BBQ for Pioneers - After the parade

Games in the Park - 11:30 a.m. to 5: p.m.

Hoagie Eating Contest - 12:00 p.m.

Tractor Hayrack Rides - all day with pickup at Pioneer Park

Air Show - 12 p.m. with flights coming in from the Fremont County Airport

  • Acts include:
    • Parachute Demonstration
    • Warbird Fly-bys
    • Military Aircraft
    • Aerial Demonstrations
    • Aerial Acrobatics
    • Hot Rods & Custom Cars
    • Police & Fire Fighting Vehicles
    • RC Aircraft Display
    • Don Nelson Air Shows: Performing in a vintage WWII North American SNJ
    • Brian Correll Air Shows: High energy aerobatics expertly performed in a snarling Pitts S2S
    • Gary Rower Air Shows: Smoke and noise from a classic Stearman biplane with more than double the stock horsepower under the cowl.
    • The Rocky Mountain Renegades: Formation aerobatic performed in four-and six-ship configurations. Each pilot built his own aircraft.

CLICK HERE for more information about the air show, 

Louie's Street Dance - 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. - With musical guests The Geezers and Dallas Alley

Events wrap up Sunday with the Tractor Pull at 9 a.m. in Pathfinder Park.

For more information, visit http://www.florencepioneerdays.com/

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