It’s time for another day of hometown camaraderie — Saturday is Pioneer Day.
With the recent demise of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, the City of Cleveland took on the task of completing what the Chamber had started in putting together another day of family fun.
The theme for the day is “A Century of Headlines,” honoring the contributions this newspaper has made to the community over the past 100 years. The American, which has been in production since 1919, is currently celebrating its centennial anniversary.
In connection to the theme, float builders for the 2 p.m. parade are asked to choose a headline that hit the local news over the course of the past 100 years to build their float’s theme around.
It’s not too late to enter the parade, have a booth or add to the merriment of the day in other ways. Simply stop by City Hall before 4 p.m. Thursday to fill out the necessary paperwork.
Cleveland Police Chief and City Operations Manager Clint Stout is chairing the annual event, which honors the town’s founding pioneers. He released a schedule of events that runs from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. when live music will be offered at Arlington Park — see the schedule of events on the back page.
That schedule includes a number of contest events such as sidewalk chalk art, cake decorating, pie baking, bicycle races, a scavenger hunt, a 50-yard dash, a cake walk, cornhole tournament, a fashion show featuring newspaper attire, an egg toss, karaoke, a wife carrying race, a three-legged race and two parades — one just for kids at 12:30 and the Pioneer Day parade at 2 p.m.
In keeping with the theme, The Cleveland American and its longtime publishers, the Ferguson family, will be the parade’s Grand Marshals.
We hope to see you in town Saturday! Enjoy Pioneer Day!