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PHOTOS: Hundreds enjoy Pioneer Day in Newport

Claire Green, 6, (left) waves to the East Ridge Raptors cheerleaders during the Pioneer Day parade in Newport. Claire came with sister Maddy, 10, and mother Angela. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 7
Travis Warner, 6, feasts on sweet corn during Pioneer Day in Newport. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 7
Drew Buss, 11, goes for distance at the watermelon spitting challenge during Pioneer Day in Newport. At right is mother Jaime (right) of Cottage Grove and friend Timmy Bullert, 11. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia.3 / 7
Nathan Hawkinson, 3, enjoys a meet and greet with dogs Corky (left) and Zeus at Pioneer Day in Newport. Corky's owner is Judi Miller (left). Zeus is owned by Chelsea Pederson. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia 4 / 7
Evan Nelson (left) watches as brother Clayton tries the ring toss at Pioneer Day in Newport. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 7
Bluegrass band Timbre Junction played a spirited set August 13 at Pioneer Day in Newport. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 7
A costumed drummer marches in the Pioneer Day parade Aug. 13 in Newport. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 7

Sun was the only thing missing from the Aug. 13 Pioneer Day in Newport.

More than a century old, the annual civic party drew hundreds to Pioneer Park, which had sprouted striped tents, food booths, inflatables, a merry go round and bushels of sweet corn.

The event included a raffle, games, car show and live music by bluegrass band Timbre Junction and New Orleans traditionalists the Stone Arch Jazz Band. A K-9 unit from the Washington County Sheriff's Office demonstrated dog takedown techniques, and Elvis impersonator Chris Olson executed some some G-rated gyrations.

Crowds lined the streets for the parade, which featured fire trucks, floats and the Klondike Kates from the St. Paul Winter Carnival.

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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