A Founding Festival: Englewood Prepares for Pioneer Days

The cardboard boat races are Pioneer Day's most popular event. Photo courtesy englewoodpioneerdays.com

The cardboard boat races are Pioneer Day’s most popular event. Photo courtesy englewoodpioneerdays.com

Pioneer Days are approaching in Englewood and there is a good deal of anticipation for the return of this annual festival.  Now in its 57th year, the community gathers to celebrate Englewood’s original settlers with a series of exciting events that engage both young and old.   

The theme for 2013 is “Englewood Goes Hollywood” paying homage to the stars who have chosen to reside amongst Englewood’s sunny shores and beckoning boating waters. Celebrities in residence have included the ultimate silent film star, Mary Pick­ford; American actor, Douglas Fair­banks; game show host, Ed McMa­hon; pop singer, Bobby Vin­ton; and comedian, Dan Rowan.

From August 17th to September 2nd, participants can join in with a variety of contests and events – from “Englewood’s Got Talent” to a Chalkfest, Fish-A-Thon, Car Show, and even a Hollywood Song Sing-A-Long.  But ask any of our Englewood real estate agents and they will tell you the most highly anticipated events are, without question, the Card Board Boat Races and the Pioneer Days Parade!

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Photo courtesy englewoodpioneerdays.com

Held at historic Indian Mound Park on August 31st, the Card Board Boat Races have become the festival’s most popular event. Anyone is eligible to enter and all are encouraged to watch. Participants build their own boats according to the race guidelines (which allow for cardboard, contact cement glue, box cutters, paint, paper towels and “lots of imagination”).   From there, it’s a race to the bottom – er – finish line as each boat sinks or swims.

The Michael Saunders & Company Englewood office will be partaking in a number of the festivities including the parade and the park festival.

Photo credit Florida's Southwest Gulf Coast and Englewood

Photo credit Florida’s Southwest Gulf Coast and Englewood

The entire celebration culminates on Labor Day, September 2nd, with the Pioneer Days Parade. It begins at 9:00am at St. Raphael’s Church and runs along Olde Englewood Rd to Dearborn Street to McCall Rd. The parade lasts about 90 minutes and prizes are awarded to the best, most creative floats.  

Have you been to Pioneer Days? Let us know your favorites events (or the secret to building a cardboard boat that floats) in the comments. For more information, visit the Pioneer Days website. To read more about Englewood and the surrounding areas, click to read this recent blog.

The Fish-A-Thon draws a big crowd at the Tom Adams Fishing Pier. Photo courtesy englewoodpioneerdays.com

The Fish-A-Thon draws a big crowd at the Tom Adams Fishing Pier. Photo courtesy englewoodpioneerdays.com

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