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Good Old Days starts this week

ST. IGNATIUS – The 36th Annual Good Old Days Celebration, featuring three days of family events, starts Thursday, July 19.

This year, the event kicks off with the first ever tennis tournament for all skill levels. Kimimi Ashley, local tennis expert, is hosting the tournament. Those interested can call her at 406-273-8203 for more information. 

During Friday’s Good Old Days Barbeque, there will be special seating for the 100th Year All Class Reunion to get together. Friends can come to the dinner together or gradates can come find old friends. This year’s 2018 St. Ignatius High School graduating glass was the 100th group to graduate. Specific classes will also be celebrating with their own floats in the big parade.

Also on Friday, kids ages 0 to 18 can participate in the Little Mister and Miss Good Old Days Pageant. For more information, contact Pam Thompson at 406-396-7838. 

Other events include a dessert-baking contest, pancake breakfast, and one of the longest parades in Lake County. People will put racing skills of all kinds to the test during the event from a half marathon foot race to a lawnmower riding track race. Dogs can get involved with their own racing competition, and the winner will be awarded the title of “Fastest Dog in Lake County.” 

If the usual hot summer day is too much to handle, folks can go sit in the St. Ignatius Senior Center and play a few rounds of bingo. The St. Ignatius Volunteer Fire Department also sprays water into the air for a cool shower at the end of the parade. The Tug-O-War competition is on again this year in the park on Saturday, so people of all ages should come prepared to get muddy.

Cornerstone is hosting a pizza eating contest and movie night at the amphitheater on Saturday. The newest version of “Jumanji” will be the featured film. The third day wraps up with a Good Old Days Fly-in breakfast on Sunday at the St. Ignatius airport.



5:30 p.m. Tennis Tournament at the St. Ignatius High School courts


9:30 a.m. Little Miss and Mister Good Old Days Pageant registration starts at the St. Ignatius School 

10 a.m. Little Mister and Miss Good Old Days Pageant starts for ages 0-6; ages 7-12 starts at 1 p.m.; ages 13-18 starts at 4 p.m. 

4 p.m. Dessert baking contest (adults and junior division with no entry fee) at the Good Old Days Park 

5-7 p.m. Good Old Days Barbeque and 100 Year All Class Reunion at the Good Old Days Park ($10 per adult and $6 for kids for dinner) 

5-7 p.m. Mission Falls Farmers Market

5:30 p.m. Tennis tournament continues at the high school courts

5:30-8:30 p.m. Big toys for the kids at the Good Old Days Park

7:30 p.m. Free concert at the Good Old Days Park amphitheater with classic country and rock musician Jeff Daniel


7-11 a.m. Senior Center pancake breakfast

7 a.m. 34th Annual Buffalo Run Half Marathon starts on Main Street

8 a.m. One-mile, four-mile, and seven-mile Buffalo Run races start

12 p.m. Good Old Days Parade starts on Main Street

1-4 p.m. Big toys and climbing wall at the park

1 p.m. Dog races at the park

1 p.m. Lawn mower races at the park

1-4 p.m. Food vendors and crafts at the park

2 p.m. Family games at the park

2:30 p.m. Tug-O-War at the park

2-4 p.m. Senior Center Bingo

3 p.m. Uke Jam at the amphitheater 

5:30 p.m. Tennis tournament continues at the high school

7 p.m Cornerstone pizza pie eating contest registration at the amphitheater 

7:30 p.m. Pizza eating contest

Dusk: Community Movie at the amphitheater 


8 a.m. to noon: Good Old Days Fly in Breakfast at the airport 

9 a.m. Duck Race to raise funds for high school senior scholarships

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