Schedule set for 2014 Mustang Days celebration

Kids enjoy the 2010 Mustang Days paradeThere are a few tweaks to the lineup for the 2014 Mustang Days celebration, with some events deleted and others expanded and/or improved, Mustang Committee member Linda Mangus reported this week.

The annual celebration takes place June 23-28.

Gone is the free concert on Monday night and the quilt show, but the trap shoot has expanded to two days, the Mustang Follies features a melodrama again and the Family Fun Night has some new additions.

This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time.”

Ticket sales begin Monday, June 23, with Mustang Follies tickets ($4 for reserve seating) on sale from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce office, 287 E. Main. Family Fun Night tickets are also on sale at the same location from noon to 6 p.m.

Ticket sales continue Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the chamber office.

Trap shoot

Mustang Days events begin Monday, June 23, with a Lovell Rod and Gun Club trap shoot at 6 p.m. at the Lovell Gun Range. The entry fee is $25 for 50 targets using the Lewis Scoring Method, and Annie Oakley and Budd Shoot events are also scheduled.

A second trap shoot will be held Tuesday, also at 6 p.m.

The free concert was not scheduled this year due to declining attendance and budget tightening, Mangus said.

The annual Artist Market and Show will begin Wednesday, June 25, running from 1-9 p.m. at the Lovell Recreation Building, 143 E. Main. There will be a youth artist’s workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. led by Denney NeVille (cost $10). Call Gladys McNeil at 548-7600 for more information.

The Artist Market and Show will continue Thursday and Friday during the same hours for the show with a high school ($10) and adult ($20) workshop Thursday (1-3) and a painting party for all comers Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.

The annual Mustang Follies will take the stage at the              Hyart Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday, June 25-26, starting with the Dollies of the Follies and the Mustang Band in front of the theater at 7:15, with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Like the overall celebration, the Follies will have a storybook “Once Upon a Time” theme this year, Mangus said.

The Follies will feature some short, humorous melodramas this year “to keep things fun,” Mangus said. Returning the Follies to just two nights has been a “huge success,” she said, with both nights typically sold out, whereas the former additional Tuesday show had sparse attendance.

The annual car show featuring all makes and models will also be held Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nevada Ave. just south of Main.

Here is the schedule for the rest of the celebration:

Friday, June 27

Mustang Breakfast, Lovell Firehall, 6-10 a.m., sponsored by the Lovell Police Dept.

Artist Market and show, Lovell Recreation Building, 1-9 p.m.

Artist Painting Party, Lovell Recreation Building, 1-4 p.m.

Family Fun Night, Constitution Park, 5-8 p.m. $1 for entry and a hot dog meal, game and booth tickets 25 cents each. Mangus said the event includes a new inflatable slide and some “new, fun games.”

Rodeo Calcutta, Diamond J Bar, 8 p.m.

Street Dance and Ice Cream Social with the Cowley Boys, Minchow’s Food Court parking lot, 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 28

Mustang Breakfast, Lovell Firehall, 6-9 a.m.

Ralph Robertson Memorial Fun Run, line up at North Big Horn Hospital, registration 6 a.m., run at 7 a.m. Entry fee $10 in advance, $15 the day of the race. Call Joe Koritnik for more information at 272-8266. Runs include a mile, 5K and 10K.

Kiddie Parade, line up at Hyart parking lot, 10 a.m. Parade begins at 10:30 and runs west to the LDS Church parking lot.

Rose Parade, line up at Lovell High School parking lot, parade starts at 11 a.m. Contact Stephanie Wagner to enter at 272-4619.

Mustang Barbecue, Big Horn Federal Savings Bank parking lot, 11 a.m. Bottled water for sale this year. Call 548-2065 to pre-order sandwiches.

Queen Bee Gardens free tasting, 262 E. Main, 12-2 p.m.

Co-ed volleyball tournament, Constitution Park, 12:30 p.m. Contact Rhonda Savage at 548-6466.

Mustang Days Golf Tournament, Foster Gulch, 1 p.m.

Mustang Days Rodeo, Lovell Rodeo Grounds, 3 p.m. Call 548-2326 for entry information.

Fireworks Show, Horseshoe Bend, Dusk, sponsored by the Lovell Volunteer Fire Dept.

Updates and information can be found on the Lovell Mustang Days Facebook page, Mangus said.

By David Peck

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