Mustang Days 2016 continues this week with its “sweet” lineup of events as the annual celebration rolls into high gear to the theme “Sweet Memories.”
Mustang Days Chairman Nicole Hendershot said the annual festival is honoring the Lovell sugar factory and Queen Bee Gardens honey candy, which are celebrating their 100th and 40th anniversaries, respectively.
Tickets for the final performance of the Mustang Follies and Friday’s Family Fun Night go on sale at the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce office at 287 E. Main starting at 9 a.m. Thursday morning. Follies tickets are $5 and are for reserved seating. Family Fun Night tickets are $2 plus 25 cents for games.
There are two new events this year, as well as some time changes. A horseshoe pitching tournament has been added to the activities in the park following the parade Saturday, and a teen Color the Night chalk dance has been added Friday night at the Constitution Park softball field.
Time changes are the fun run moving from 7 to 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and the parade moving up an hour early to 10 a.m. Saturday.
Constitution Park will be a beehive of activity following the parade, Hendershot noted, with music, volleyball, horseshoes, Bingo and food vendors.
“We’re really trying to turn the park into the place to be after the parade,” she said. “We’ll have three different events going, plus food vendors. It’s a place families can come and enjoy. It’s a good place to hang out.
“Our vision is have a place for families to relax, get a bite to eat and participate in activities.”
Here is the remaining lineup for the 2016 Mustang Days celebration:
Thursday, June 23
10 a.m. – Western Sugar Cooperative 100th Anniversary Celebration with a free barbecue and program, Constitution Park. Lunch at 11 a.m., program at 1 p.m.
6-8 p.m. – Mustang Days Car Show, all makes, models and years, Nevada Avenue south of Main Street. No registration required. Call 272-0876 for more information. Door prizes for attendees.
7:15 p.m. – Dollies of the Follies and the Mustang Band in front of the Hyart Theatre.
8 p.m. – Mustang Follies, Hyart Theatre.
Friday, June 24
6-10 a.m. – Mustang Breakfast, Lovell Fire Hall, $5 for adults, $3 for kids.
5-8 p.m. – Family Fun Night, Constitution Park, with a cowboy/farm theme. Favorites include a blowup slide and bounce house, face painting, obstacle course, fishing pond, bean bag toss and more. Food vendors in the park.
8 p.m. – Cowley Boys Street Dance, Minchow’s Food Court parking lot, 317 E. Main.
8 p.m. – Rodeo Calcutta, Diamond J Bar.
9 p.m. to Midnight – Color the Night Teen Chalk Dance, Constitution Park softball field. For high school students. Admission $5.
Saturday, June 25
6-9 a.m. – Mustang Breakfast, Lovell Fire Hall.
7:30 a.m. – Ralph Robertson Memorial Fun Run, signup at 6:30, front of North Big Horn Hospital. $10 for preregistration, $15 day of the race. Call 229-561-2350. Tiffany Wilkerson and Jill Allen are organizers.
9:30 a.m. – Kiddie Parade. Line up at the Hyart Theatre parking lot.
10 a.m. – Rose Parade, Main Street. Line up at the high school parking lot. Parade runs west to east with no doubling back.
11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Queen Bee Gardens sample tasting, 244 East Main.
11 a.m. – Food vendors at Constitution Park including shaved ice, donuts, lemonade and more.
12:30 p.m. – Co-ed volleyball tournament, Constitution Park. Call 548-6466 to register a team. $35 per team.
1 p.m. – Mustang Bingo, Constitution Park, $1 per card.
1 p.m. – Horseshoe Tournament, Constitution Park, $5 entry fee. Call Butch Fink at 307-391-0799 to enter.
1 p.m. – Golf Tournament, Foster Gulch, 929 Lane 13.
2 p.m. – Mustang Rodeo, Lovell Rodeo Grounds. Admission $10 for adults, $5 kids 7-12. Entries open June 20, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 307-254-3968.
Dusk – Mustang Days Fireworks, Horseshoe Bend, sponsored by the Lovell Volunteer Fire Dept., suggested donation of $10 per carload.
By David Peck