The 34th annual Crawford Pioneer Days arrives this Thursday with events planned through Sunday. Mark your daily planners so you don't miss out on all the fun. And check your wardrobe, because the theme this year is "The Wild West — Boots, Hats and Vests."
Organizer Kim Wasilkowich says festivities begin Thursday night at 7 p.m. with the first performance of this year's melodrama, "Aunt Fannie's Last Laugh . . . Or, Where There's a Will, There's a Won't." Delicious desserts will be available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Crawford Town Hall. You can catch other performances on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
First State Bank of Colorado — Crawford is sponsoring a barbecue in their parking lot on Friday, June 8, starting around 11:30 a.m.
Baked goods for Friday's Baking Contest must be delivered to the bank before 3 p.m.
Baking Contest winners will be announced at the annual auction and dinner. The dinner starts at 5 p.m. at Crawford Town Hall. It is hosted by the Crawford Fire Auxiliary. Come meet the Pioneer Days King and Queen and Grand Marshal for 2012.
Starting at 5:30 p.m. is the auction which is a hidden gem of fun and hilarity with auctioneer John Cunningham. You'll be sure to laugh and come away with great items. Virtually every merchant in the area has donated to this event and you can get things you need or things you just want at great prices.
This year the perfect item to snag might be the two pre-season Bronco tickets. You could be watching Peyton Manning take on the 49'ers! There's also a date night at Smith Fork Ranch, complete with a very special dinner. Other dining opportunities up for bid will be for the Flying Fork, Vagabond or The Casa to name just a few. Tools, gifts and treasures too many to name will be available. Over $5,000 worth of stuff must go! The auction and dinner help fund the fireworks display and Pioneer Days.
On Saturday, the Crawford Fire Department is once again serving up a great pancake breakfast beginning at 6 a.m. No chance for you to miss the parade at 10 a.m. if you get up early for the pancakes.
Returning this year to the big parade will be Guns and Garters, a.k.a. Cowboys and Floozies. There's nothing quite like a true western scene of gunslingers shooting it out and then the "ladies" congratulating the ones still standing.
Following the parade will be Fido Follies at 11 a.m. in the town park and the infamous Outhouse Races at high noon. Crawford resident Mary Dufon is sponsoring prize money again and winners will receive trophies.
There will be games in the park from 1 to 4 p.m, Food will be available all day as well as art and crafts booths.
Live musical entertainment in the park includes David and Tamara Hauze, Darin Little, Jeneve Rose Mitchell, Cowboy poet Charlie Ware, Young At Heart and Bruce Green.
Another contest offering prestige, prize money and bragging rights is the Cowboy Cook-off on Saturday at 5 p.m. Come by to taste the entries one by one and vote for your favorite. Cost is just $5.
Saturday's festivities end with a bang, actually a whole lot of bangs. The Fireworks Extravaganza starts at dusk at Crawford State Park. The fireworks will be safely shot over the reservoir. There is plenty of parking space encircling the fireworks display. Every seat is the best seat to see the fireworks.
Putting the finishing touches on Pioneer Days will be Round-Up Sunday, a non-denominational worship service at 10 a.m. followed by a barbecue in the park.
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