Old-fashioned fun unites valley for Pioneer Days
Mix an abundance of fun, outdoor events in a beautiful scenic area and the end result is the Ronan Pioneer Days celebration. Folks from all over the country, state and Mission Valley made their way to the annual event.
The three-day celebration, held Aug. 2-4, started with a big splash in Bockman Park with youngsters dipping their fishing lines in Spring Creek in hopes of catching one of the 450-plus planted trout during the Kids’ Fishing Derby, while golfers across town hoped to stay out of the water during a golf scramble hosted at the Mission Mountain Golf Club.
The ever-popular Bulls and Broncs Only event at the fairgrounds was held on Friday followed by a street dance on Main Street. Saturday morning many hearty souls were up bright and early to take on the Mission Mountain Classic 5K and 10K run, while the VFW fed hungry guests with their pancake breakfast.
More than 125 teams competed on the makeshift courts in the Ronan High School parking lot during the 3-on-3 “JAM” boree, which also featured a slam-dunk competition, a three-point contest and a free throw competition.
A vintage car show, a co-ed softball and volleyball tournament were also popular Saturday Pioneer Days events.
The Kiddie Slicker Rodeo was held Saturday afternoon with sheep riding, stick horse races, sack races and farm Olympics as just a few of the activities youngsters had the opportunity to compete in.
Saturday’s evening open rodeo continued the action with local and professional cowboys and cowgirls competing for cash in a full gamut of rodeo events.
After the parade on Sunday afternoon, Ronan Pioneer Days concluded with more rodeo action, including a crowd favorite, the wild buffalo ride.