Washington City celebrates Pioneer Day with parade, festival

Spectators cheer as the 7-year-olds compete in the annual Washington City Pioneer Day footraces. The decades-old tradition features age group divisions that seek Washington's fastest kids. | Photo by Andy Griffin, STGnews

WASHINGTON CITY — Throngs of celebrants turned out for the annual Washington City parade and festival commemorating Pioneer Day.

The 9 a.m. parade featured pioneer-themed floats, a jazz band and dozens of clowns. A festival followed at Veteran’s Park with children’s activity booths and food vendors as well as a pie sale and live music.

A central event is the traditional footraces, where children compete to become Washington City’s fastest kid. The age group races, which have been run in Washington on July 24 for decades, were well-attended and fans and parents lined the course to cheer on the participants.

The festivities wrap up in the early afternoon.

A trailer full of “pioneer” children gets set to perform in the Washington City Pioneer Day parade Wednesday morning. | Photo submitted
A gaggle of clowns prepare to hit the streets for the Washington City Pioneer Day parade Wednesday morning. | Photo submitted
Washington City resident Melva Page was a grand marshall in the city’s Pioneer Day parade. Page, who is 88-years-old, has a total of 48 children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She proudly knows all their names and birthdays. | photo submitted
The 6-year-olds race in the humid air at Veteran’s Park during the July 24 traditional footraces at Washington City. | Photo by Andy Griffin, STGnews

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