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Newport celebrates history during Pioneer Day Sunday

Newport’s annual Pioneer Day celebration draws hundreds of event-goers to Pioneer Park. This year, the get-together is recognizing the city’s 126-year history. It takes place Sunday, Aug. 10. (Bulletin file photo)

Summer in Newport means no school, warm weather and Pioneer Day, the annual citywide get-together at Pioneer Memorial Park.

Celebrating its 126th year, the all-day festival kicks off Sunday with a parade beginning at 11 a.m. from the Newport Fire Hall, 155 20th St., down Second Avenue to 17th Street, then along Fourth Avenue before ending at the park.

This year, Pioneer Day will have live music ranging from country to Americana folk and acoustic blends. From noon to 2 p.m., the Chad Edwards Band from the Twin Cities will entertain country music fans with hits from top artists. From 3-5 p.m. the Riddle Brothers, another local group, will switch gears and play their eclectic acoustic blend of Americana folk.

There will be an Elvis sighting later in the afternoon. Chris Olson will channel “The King” beginning at 5:30 p.m. with his Memories of Elvis Show.

The all-you-can-eat corn on the cob is back and available with the purchase of a Pioneer Day button. Food vendors, carnival games and a car and motorcycle show will fill Pioneer Memorial Park. The St. Paul Park/Newport Lions Club will host a beer and wine tent for those of age. Newport Lutheran Church will host bingo inside the pavilion.

The family-friendly celebration will also feature a balloon artist making all kinds of animals for free.

The Pioneer Day button costs $3, or four for $10, and enters the purchaser into a raffle for a variety of prizes. Winners do not need to be present to win. Winners will be listed on the city’s website, Facebook page and broadcast on channel 18.

The Pioneer Day celebration doesn’t take place without the help of local volunteers, and the event is looking for more. The city and Anchor Bank are sponsoring the corn tent and need help to prepare corn between 9 a.m. and noon. Those interested in volunteering should contact Renee Eisenbeisz at 651-556-4601 or

For more information of the day’s events, visit the city of Newport’s website at

Click here for the story about the Newport Pioneer Day button designer.

If you go

The Newport Pioneer Day festival is celebrating its 126th year and takes place Sunday, Aug. 9, at Pioneer Memorial Park, located at Second Avenue and Sixth Street. Pioneer Day buttons are $3, or four for $10, and are available at City Hall, Newport Library and Community Center, North Pole Restaurant, Newport Drug, John Bartl Hardware and South Suburban Rental.

  • Parade begins at 11 a.m. at Newport Fire Hall, 155 20th St., down Second Avenue to 17th Street, then down Fourth Avenue before ending at the park
  • Live music from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Raffle drawing at 5 p.m. inside the pavilion, winners do not need to be present to win