JULY 22, 2010

Pierce 1860 Days – games and music and fun

   Pierce 1860 Days, Aug. 6-8, will be the big Pierce sesquicentennial celebration. Most every event this year invites all ages and promises to take you back to the good ol’ days of Pierce. On Friday, Aug. 6 you can get in on the Kick-Off in the Park, with a tasty barbeque and pie and ice cream social. The Huckleberry Bake-Off invites the best bakers to display their favorite concoction. This year “Molly and Tenbrooks,” a rockin’ bluegrass band, will entertain and start your boots a scootin’.

   Events on Saturday, Aug. 7 include “Walk for Joyce,” and breakfast at the Lions’ clubhouse. You can watch a co-ed softball tournament at the ball field, or participate in the ATV Trailriders Fun Run. Look out for the Legends of the West street shooters! They will be out and about causing hilarious mischief.

   There is also a Kids’ Fishing Tournament at Orofino Creek, so kids, bring your pole and get the prize. The Ducky Derby, sponsored by the Timberline girls’ basketball team, will keep you cheering for your duck. Watch or be part of the Pierce 1860 Days Parade at noon, and stick around for the auction held immediately afterward. Boys and girls are invited to join in the fun with games and relays of chance and skill on Main Street.

   The Hells Canyon Ghost Riders of Lewiston will show off their target shooting prowess behind The Outback. Do you have a favorite Dutch-Oven dish? The Dutch Oven Cook-Off judges want you! Tasting will be open to the public that afternoon.

   When evening rolls around, rock out to the classic sounds of The Fabulous Kingpins at the street dance beginning at 8 p.m.

   Sunday, Aug. 8 starts off with Country Church with the World Crystal Musical Glasses’ Bruce and Sandy Tweedy performing their rare, unique music. Everyone is invited to enjoy this service.

   The fun moves from Main Street to the Play Park for the day, and from the water balloon toss to the pie-eating contest, the sack race, and the three legged race, there is never a dull moment. Entertaining us all in the afternoon will be Shiloh Sharrard, of Moscow, with her guitar and a melodic voice you will never forget. This is a special treat for all.

   The celebration will come to a close with the much-anticipated drawing for the half ounce Gold Miner Charm, the chrome CharBroil barbeque grill, and the “Crown Royal” quilt. All tickets are now on sale through Aug. 8 at various Pierce businesses and cost $1 each or six for $5. Drawings will also take place for the Historic Pierce Cemetery Friends Memorial Flag, and the Dell laptop computer, donated by Support4Business, with proceeds going to the Pierce Gem Pavilion project.

   All weekend, watch the Hells Canyon Ghost Riders exhibit their shooting prowess at fixed targets. Pierce 1860 Days T-shirts will be on sale on Main Street. There will be prizes for the Longest Beard, Best Groomed Beard, Best 1800s Costume, and Best Lookin’ Legs in 1800s Costume (male and female) given out both days.

   New restaurants are in town, so come and sample the new menus. Food and craft vendors will also be plentiful. You will not be disappointed—there is something for the whole family.

   For more information about Pierce 1860 Days or to obtain a program and schedule of events, please call Kathy at 208-464-1083.