Lynn Watkins and Cathy Cheatham are co-chairing Crawford Pioneer Days 2013. Watkins had worked under Kim Wasilkowich, the former chair, so it wasn't entirely new to her.
But, she still insists, "I've made every mistake you could possibly make." No doubt no one will notice anything amiss during the fun-filled four-day celebration.
The co-chairs are sticking with Pioneer Days' traditions, such as the annual outhouse races, the parade, games in the park, a baking contest, a cowboy cook-off and fireworks at Crawford State Park.
Cheatham added Kim and Steve Wasilkowich "left us such a great road map." There are great people on the Pioneer Days committee to ensure a successful four-day event. "Pioneer Days is a community event run by community volunteers," Cheatham said. "We already have ideas for next year!
"I'm excited that Crawford School is doing the 5k," Cheatham added.
Thursday night, Kathy Steckel is directing the annual melodrama at 6:30 p.m. at the Crawford Community Room. This year's play, "Sakes Alive or What'll Turnip Next," promises to provide a very fun night. Refreshments will be served. A second performance of the melodrama will happen right after the parade finishes on Saturday and then again at 1 p.m.
Friday, June 7, will be the ever popular baking contest from 3-5 p.m. All entries need to be delivered to the Crawford Country Bank before 3 p.m. Then when people arrive for the barbecue beef dinner at 5 p.m., they can see all the delicious baked goods. The dinner will benefit the Fireworks Extravaganza at Crawford State Park Saturday at dusk. The annual auction follows dinner. Auction proceeds go to benefit Pioneer Days.
Saturday, June 8, is the biggest day of activities going from 6 a.m. with the Crawford Fire Department pancake breakfast in Crawford Town Park until the last fireworks have lit up the sky over Crawford Reservoir. It's always the biggest traffic jam of the year in Crawford.
In between those two events will be the Crawford Cubs 5k Run/Walk starting at Crawford School at 8 a.m.
The Hay Daze Parade is at 10 a.m. This is always a great parade right down the center of town. Don't miss it.
The annual outhouse races offer plenty of excitement and action at high noon by the outdoor stage.
All day you'll enjoy the many art, crafts and food booths as well as live musical entertainment led by David and Tamara Hauze and featuring a host of local musicians.
From 1 to 4 p.m. there will be plenty of games to play in the park.
At 5 p.m., stick around for the cowboy cook-off. Buy tickets and taste as many of the delicious entries as you like and vote for your favorite.
June 9 is Round-up Sunday with a non-denominational service at 10 a.m. followed by a barbecue in the park.
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The Crawford community pulls out all the stops during Pioneer Days to make it an old-fashioned celebration that everyone will enjoy.