Newport set for 'fun time' with Pioneer Day on Sunday
It's Newport's turn for a summer celebration this weekend.
The city will celebrate Pioneer Day on Sunday, Aug. 11, with corn on the cob, a parade and a variety of activities for kids and adults.
The one-day festival will have its standard attractions along with a few new reasons to check out the celebration at Pioneer Park.
"It should be a fun time," said Renee Helm, the city's executive analyst who has helped to organize the event.
New entertainment this year will include an Elvis impersonator, whose show will begin at 5:30 p.m. and close out the annual city celebration around 7 p.m. The show is sponsored by the Newport Business Association.
Festival attendees may also get a kick out of a competition that's returning to Pioneer Day: a watermelon seed-spitting contest, sponsored by the New-Park Lions Club.
Pioneer Day also will include all-you-can-eat corn on the cob; a motorcycle and car show; Bingo sponsored by Newport Lutheran Church; kids games and inflatable play areas; a beer and wine garden sponsored by the Newport-St. Paul Park Lions Club; food and craft vendors; a live DJ and the Park-Port Lioness' cakewalk game.
Most activities will be at Pioneer Park, with a few exceptions.
The parade that serves as the Pioneer Day kick-off will begin at 11 a.m. at Second Avenue and 20th Street, turn east on 17th Street and then head south on Fourth Avenue before ending at Pioneer Park. There are about 30 units signed up to participate in the parade, Helm said.
Another activity taking place away from the park is Newport Center's annual sidewalk sale.
The sale, with Newport Drug and John Bartle Hardware participating, will be the three days leading up to Pioneer Day. The sidewalk sale hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Also, the Greater East Area Model Railroad Club will be open from noon to 5 p.m. in the former railroad building at 600 Seventh Ave., next to Newport City Hall.
Pioneer Day buttons are available for $3, or four buttons for $10. They are for sale at City Hall, South Suburban Rental, the North Pole restaurant, Newport Drug and John Bartl Hardware. The buttons can be used to get unlimited corn on the cob at Pioneer Park and for a raffle.
The button logo was drawn by Kayla Gonzalez, a Newport Elementary fifth-grader.