The Hotchkiss-Crawford Historical Museum will be closed on June 10 in order to have a booth at Pioneer Days in Crawford.
"You're a dear. An idiot, but a dear."
It's lines like those that make for fantastic community theater, and that is just a sample of what you'll hear this weekend during the annual melodrama during Crawford Pioneer Days. The melodrama has been a part of Pioneer Days since the very first community event, 39 years ago.
Every community has a story to tell, and the citizens of Crawford are anxious to share the story of their community during the 39th annual Crawford Pioneer Days, June 8-11. Pioneer Days began as a way to honor the heritage of the area and to recognize those who have helped shape the community. It runs June 8-11 in Crawford.
For the 2017 Crawford Pioneer Days celebration, the planning committee chose to honor the homestead and heritage families that built Crawford, families that have helped shape the community and the town in the past 100 years or so. Heritage families have been invited to ride in the parade, and the theme for the weekend is "Heritage, Family and Friends!"
Pioneer Days presents "Heritage, Family & Friends" June 8-11. To celebrate these three categories organizers would like to organize parade participants for each group.
One measure of the success of the 38th annual Pioneer Days celebration is the more than 60 parade entries, which topped the old record by four, said Pioneer Days committee chair Tristan Pfeffer. "It went really well," said Pfeffer.
This year's theme, "So True... Red, White & Blue" was demonstrated throughout the parade. King and queen Robert Keenan and sister-in-law Henrietta Keenan were honored for their military service.
Crawford may be rural, but it has many desirable features and hidden gems. In addition to being near Crawford Airport, Black Canyon National Monument, Crawford State Park and some of the most beautiful scenery in the state, Crawford has a rich arts community that includes world-class glass studios K Dahl Glass and North Rim Glass.
The 38th annual Crawford Pioneer Days committee is seeking local veterans from all branches of the military to honor with a ride in the annual parade on Saturday, June 11. Regardless of age, branch served or time served, "We are really encouraging all of the area's military who can be here," said committee member Tristan Pfeffer.
The doors will open on Pioneer Days at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, with the old-fashioned dessert theater melodrama, "Perils of Priscilla." Friday's events include a baking contest, customer appreciation lunch at Crawford First State Bank Colorado, a dinner to benefit the fireworks display from 4-6:30 p.m., and the annual auction from 6-9 p.m.
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