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Pioneer Days celebrated in Ronan

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RONAN – Last weekend, Ronan took center-stage, as Mission Valley residents turned out to have a good time at the annual Pioneer Days celebration.

The city kicked off the three-day celebration Friday morning in Bockman Park with youngsters dipping their fishing lines in Spring Creek in hopes of catching a big 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 Gulf Club.

On Friday night, it was all about the bulls and broncs at the fairgrounds during the crowd-pleasing Bulls and Broncs Only event. 

The evening was then capped off with a street dance on Main Street.

On Saturday, an early morning VFW Pancake Breakfast got things going on a full slate of activities from early in the morning until late at night.  

More than 50 teams competed on the makeshift courts in the Ronan High School parking lot during the 3-on-3 “JAM”boree. The “JAM”boree featured 13 team categories, along with a slam dunk competition, a three-point contest and a free throw competition. 

A 5K and 10K run, a car show, a co-ed softball and volleyball tournament were also popular Pioneer Days events.

The fun continued Saturday afternoon at the Kiddie Slicker Rodeo. Sheep riding, stick horse races, sack races and sheep dressing were just a few of the activities youngsters had the opportunity to compete in.

Saturday’s evening rodeo featured the full gamut of rodeo events: Bareback riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, barrels, bull riding and more.

After the rodeo on Saturday evening, the day’s events culminated with a second Main Street dance. 

Under sunny skies, shady spots were at a premium on Sunday afternoon as crowds lined both sides of Main Street during the Big Parade. This year’s parade had quite a few muscle-cars along with the normal parade entrants.

As the Ronan Volunteer Fire Department made their way down the parade route, firefighters cooled off parade goers by soaking them with water from a tanker.

After the parade on Sunday afternoon Pioneer Days concluded with more rodeo action, including a rodeo fan favorite - the wild buffalo ride.

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