‘America’s Freedom’ theme of 2014 Pioneer Day

Parade participants enjoyed last year's Pioneer Day event.
Parade participants enjoyed last year’s Pioneer Day event.

“Many Faces of America’s Freedom” is the theme of the 2014 Cowley Pioneer Day celebration, which takes place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be the unveiling Saturday afternoon of a new Korean War Veterans Memorial, which takes place at 1:30 p.m. in front of the historic Cowley Town Hall (see related story).

Pioneer Day activities will begin tonight (Thursday) with a trap shoot at the Lovell Trap Range. The event will begin at 6 p.m., and organizer Suzanne Wilson (272-1953) said the evening will use the Lewis scoring method with half of the pot going to the winner and the rest awarded to two random shooters.

Prizes will be awarded, and food will be available during the evening.

Friday activities for Pioneer Day begin with the annual Pioneer Day Golf Tournament at the Foster Gulch Golf Course. Check-in for three-person teams begins at 8 a.m., followed by golfing at 9. Call 548-2445 for more information.

The annual Pioneer Day Ice Cream Social will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Town Park in Cowley.

Busy Saturday

A busy Saturday begins with the Pioneer Day Fun Run and Bike Races at 7 a.m. starting in front of Town Hall and the LDS Church on Main Street. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m.

One-mile and 5K runs will be offered, along with 5K and Cannery Road bike races. Wheelchair racers are welcome, and helmets are required for all bicycle riders. Schuyler Hinckley is the organizer – 548-2823.

Kids will line up in front of Town Hall for the Kiddie Parade, which begins at 9:30 a.m. No motorized vehicles will be allowed.

The Pioneer Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m. with lineup at 9 a.m. near the city shops on the west edge of town. Janeen Blackburn and Nina Mortensen are in charge (548-6186).

The parade will be followed immediately by the Pioneer Heritage Program at the LDS Church at 11 a.m.

A barbecue lunch sponsored by the Senior League Baseball Program will begin at noon at the Town Park. Kids games will be offered, and a volleyball tournament will also be held. Jamie Cooley is in charge of the volleyball – 548-6787.

The annual classic car show will also be taking place during the barbecue, games and volleyball tournament adjacent to the park. Keith and Carol Rasmussen are in charge – 548-7588.

Also taking place will be the annual Pioneer Day Rodeo, with action beginning at 1 p.m. at the Cowley Rodeo Grounds. Entries are due today (Thursday). Call 664-2235.

The Korean War Memorial unveiling begins at 1:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

Later in the afternoon, the horseshoe pitching tournament will begin at 6 p.m. at the Town Park horseshoe pits. Keith Berry is the organizer – 272-0550.

The annual Pioneer Day Variety Show will begin at 7 p.m. at the newly renovated Log Gym. Jim Whalen is the organizer, 548-9597.

A teen dance will follow at the Log Gym from 9 p.m. to midnight.

By David Peck