JULY 8, 2010

Pierce marks its Sesquicentennial celebration with 1860 Days

   This is the 150th anniversary of Pierce, and the town is ready for a birthday party!

   The weekend of Aug. 6, 7, and 8, Pierce 1860 Days is fast approachingóand promises to get you going for great food, fun contests and fast, foot-moviní music.

   Starting off this year will be the Kick-Off in the Park, with Pierce Mayor, Greg Gerot officially starting the festivities and the Lions Club BBQ, Huckleberry Bake-Off, and the Pie and Ice Cream Social following. Huckleberry Bake-Off contestants need to drop off their yummy entries at the Community Center at 3:30 p.m. Friday for judging. 

   Special entertainment, a down-home bluegrass concert by Molly and Tenbrooks, will be featured at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy this groupís rollicking music.

   With the Lionís Club breakfast on Saturday morning, this gets everyone energized for upcoming events.

   Sign up for the Pierce/Weippe ATV Club Fun Run. Cheer on your favorite co-ed softball team competing at the ball field. The big 1860 Days Parade starts at 12 noon. Anyone who would like to participate in the parade, please contact Judy McCollum at 208-464-1312. Following the parade, the 1860 Days auction will begin, with many fine items to bid on.

   Throughout the day, kids can compete at the Kidsí Fishing Derby for biggest fish, most fish, littlest fish and more.

   The Hellís Canyon Ghost Riders will be shooting it up at fixed targets, and you can cool off at the watermelon eating contest and other games of skill.

   The Legends of the Old West will be creating good old-fashioned mischief on Main Street all day.

   As always, there will be a huge variety of food and craft vendors helping to make your Saturday experience even more fun.

   The Dutch Oven Cook-Off, held Saturday at The Outback, will test your talents in four categories: main dish, bread, side dish and dessert. Registration is from 2-3 p.m. Start up the coals, and whip up your favorite camping recipes. Judging will be at 5 pm; you can be the judge, so be sure to be there to taste the wares!

   For more information and registration, please call The Outback at 208-464-2171.

   The Fabulous Kingpins, from Moscow, will be rocking the night away Saturday night, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the street dance on Main Street. This renowned band is super high-energy, with a show you wonít forget. You canít miss this evening event!

   Look for more events to be announced for Sunday, Aug. 8. There will be something for everyone all weekend.

   For more information about Pierce 1860 Days, please call Kathy at 208-464-1083.