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Hot time: Pioneer Day sizzles in the sun

Griffin, a Newfoundland, prepares to take a ride with owner Shannon Cherep (left) during the Aug. 12 Pioneer Day in Newport. Chereup joined other current and former members of the court of King Boreas at the Aug. 12 parade and picnic. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 7
Visitors sought food - and shade - during the Aug. 12 Pioneer Day at Pioneer Memorial Park in Newport. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 7
As Klondike Kate, Natalia Hemingway shakes her tailfeathers during a guest performance with rockabilly band The Bad Companions during Pioneer Day in Newport. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 7
Sophia Gaugler, 4, of Woodbury, showed some flair while she ate an ear of sweet corn during the annual Pioneer Day celebration in Newport. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia 4 / 7
Mark Tacheny of Newport takes a look inside an antique Ford pickup during the auto show at Pioneer Day in Newport. “It’s great. I come here every year,” he said. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia 5 / 7
Kids took a tumble on the bouncy rodeo during Pioneer Day at Pioneer Memorial Park in Newport. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia 6 / 7
Antique and classic car enthusiasts displayed their beauties at the car show during Pioneer Day in Newport. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimeda7 / 7

NEWPORT — It was so hot Sunday at Pioneer Memorial Park in Newport that some savvy operator probably could have sold shade for 10 dollars a foot.

But the city's annual Pioneer Day proved a roaring success, with its grassy oasis of striped tents, food booths, inflatables and bushels of sweet corn.

More than a century old, the party celebrates Newport's founding by 19th-century settlers. The event featured a raffle, games, car show and live music by rockabilly band The Bad Companions. Crowds lined the streets for the parade, which featured fire trucks, floats and the Klondike Kates from past St. Paul Winter Carnivals.

This year's Klondike Kate, Natalia Hemingway, took the stage with the band and barnstormed through a rocking version of "I Saw Her Standing There" by the Beatles.

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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