COUNTDOWN TO ENGLEWOOD PIONEER DAYS
58 years of home-town celebration
ENGLEWOOD PIONEER DAYS
PARADE SEPT 1 AT 9:00 AM
DOWNTOWN DEARBORN ST.
CARDBOARD BOAT RACES
AUGUST 30 AT 9:00 AM
Indian Mound Park
Sometimes they float, sometimes they don’t. Make your own and join in the fun or just come down to watch.
FUN FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES – CHALKFEST!
Downtown Dearborn St.
THE SHIPWRECK DANCE
KIDS’ SHIPWRECK DANCE
Join us on August 31st at 7:00 AM for our kids’ fishing tournament! With experts around to help, everyone finds out how much fun fishing can be.
Tom Adams Bridge
(where the fish are)
2014 LITTLE MISS/MR. ENGLEWOOD PIONEER DAYS PAGEANT
2 WEEKS OF FUN FROM AUGUST 16 – SEPTEMBER 1
HOOKED ON ENGLEWOOD!
Parade & Park Festivals
The Englewood Pioneer Days Planning Committee has announced the theme for the 2014 Englewood Pioneer Days will be “HOOKED ON ENGLEWOOD!” Members of the Englewood community were asked to suggest themes and while many were excellent, as the committee discussed all of them, this suggestion seemed to incorporate the best ideas of the proposed ideas.
“This theme allows us to salute not only one of the mainstays of our pioneer settlers – the wonderful fishing that we have in our area, but also the idea that Englewood has many elements that just ‘hook’ people and make them want to stay or visit here,” commented Chris Phelps.
Historically, it was the ability to homestead and farm the land as well as raise cattle that attracted the early settlers. George Goff, who brought his family down from Tampa in 1878, apparently felt that this was a good place to bring his large (and still growing) family, so the family environment was an early attraction. Later settlers, such as the Biorseth family, looked to Englewood as a place that had a climate favorable to the survival of their youngest daughter, Grace.
Over the years snowbirds, sunbirds, and new-coming permanent residents have felt the Englewood ‘hook’ as they considered the small town atmosphere, the beaches, the sunsets, the climate, the great events and entertainment, our unique stores, restaurants, and, of course, the boating and fishing. The committee expects that parade participants will show off their ‘hook’ as they come up with entries for the Englewood Pioneer Days Parade which will be on Labor Day, Monday, September 1. Parade applications will be available on-line on May 1 (www.englewoodpioneerdays.com).
Returning to the celebration, which starts August 16 and ends September 1, will be favorites such as the Cardboard Boat Race, the Shipwreck Dance, the Michael J. O’Donnell Fishing Tournament, The Lemon Bay Womans Club’s Diaper Derby, F.A.M.E.’s “Mayor for A Day,” the Chalkfest, the tour of the Hermitage, the Photo Contest, the Sing-A-Long, and, of course, the Park Festival (two days!) and the 58th Englewood Pioneer Days parade. Expect to see new “Little Miss/Mr Englewood” kings and queens, and a new “Englewood Talent” crowned at the Lemon Bay High School auditorium.
Forms for parade and vendors August 31 – September 1 celebration will be available on the web site: www.englewoodpioneerdays.com as of May 1. Participation in these events is limited, so getting an application in early is important. The site will also be the link to all Englewood Pioneer Days events and community participation. New things and information will be added regularly, so check back!
Volunteers are needed to help with this celebration. Any individual or organization interested is invited to attend come to one of the open meetings at the Elsie Quirk Library, or contact the committee at: email@example.com or 941-474-3764.
2014 ENGLEWOOD PIONEER DAYS THEME
Englewood Pioneer Days Labor Day Weekend Schedule:
Saturday, August 30, 2014
9:00 am Captain Rick’s Cardboard Boat Race; Indian Mound Park
5:00-10:00 pm Shipwreck Dance; Pioneer Park
Sunday, August 31, 2014
8:00 am Michael O'Donnell Memorial Kids Fish A Thon; Tom Adams Bridge
2:00-9:00 pm Pioneer Days Festival; Pioneer Park
Monday, September 1, 2014
8:00 am Kids Fun Run; Dearborn St.
9:00 am 58th Annual Pioneer Days Parade; Dearborn St.
8:00 am-3:00pm Pioneer Days Festival; Pioneer Park