Pioneer Days Photo Contest
Got a great photo that reflects this year’s Pioneer Days theme “Beach Party-Englewood Style?” Enter it in the Englewood Pioneer Days photo contest. Anyone can submit digital photos for the competition by simply going to the website EnglewoodPioneerDays.com, click on “Events” and select “Photo Contest”. Submissions will be accepted until August 25 and then the ten finalists will be displayed at the Arts Alliance of Lemon Bay, 452 W Dearborn St, where the general public can vote for their favorite.
Little Miss & Mr. Englewood Pageant
Girls & boys, ages 0 to 15 years old, are invited to participate in the Little Miss & Mr. Englewood Pageant to be held on Saturday, August 19 at Lemon Bay High School Auditorium, 2201 Placida Rd. Children have the opportunity to get dressed up, feel special, be on a big stage and take part in a tradition going back more than 60 years. This is a fun event for contestants and audience. Registration begins at 9am with the pageant at 11am. The first, second & third place winners will ride on a float in the Pioneer Days parade. For pageant details and registration form, click here.
Family Bowling Tournament
Enjoy a fun afternoon bowling with your family or 3 other individuals at the Family Bowling Tournament on Sunday, August 20 at the Englewood Bowl. The event will benefit the Green Street Museum Church & its move to a new home. There will be two categories: Family with at least one youth under 18 and Adult with all players over 18. Teams of 4 will each bowl three games. Teams may bowl during 2 times slots: 1-4pm or 4-7pm. Shoes are included but if you have a ball, bring it. There are several surprises planned for this family event and many categories in which to win. Registration forms and more info can be found by clicking here.
For the sixth year in a row, Englewood’s ChalkFest will transform the Dearborn Street sidewalk into an oversized canvas for chalk-art masterpieces. Chalkfest is open to all ages. Professional artist demonstrations include the creation of a trompe l’oeil –or visual illusion—work of art by Johan Bjurman, a noted classically trained painter. This day of discovery will also feature fun prizes and a People’s Choice award. The ChalkFest is free and sponsored by the Englewood Art Center, a division of Ringling College of Art and Design, and is presented by the Pioneer Days Committee as part of Englewood’s popular Pioneer Days festival. The event is Saturday, August 26, 9 am to 2 pm. Registration is at 8 am; however, those interested are asked to visit the EAC’s Facebook page to indicate their attendance to help determine the supplies needed. For more information, contact www.ringling.edu/EAC or call 474•5548.
The 8th annual Michael O’Donnell Memorial Fish-A-Thon, an Englewood Pioneer Days tradition, will be held Sunday, August 27, from 7 - 10:30am at the Tom Adams Bridge. This event is free to kids aged 12 and under. Registration is open now. All the children in a family may be listed on one form. Pre-registration is not required, but participants must be accompanied by an adult. On-site registration begins at 7am on August 27 and lines will go in the water at 8:15am. At 10:30am, trophies will be given for the: Longest Fish, Shortest Fish, Ugliest Fish, Heaviest Fish, Most Unusual Catch & The Most Caught Fish. A copy of the registration form and rules can be found here.
Pioneer Days Sing-a-long
Join the Little Band of Writers at the Green Street Church on Tuesday, August 29 at 7pm for an evening of fun, laughter, storytelling and singing. With this year’s Pioneer Days’ theme of “Beach Party, Englewood Style,” the songs will be about the beach and having a party. The church is located at 416 W Green St.
Cardboard Boat Race
On the Horizon
Come join the fun at the Cardboard Boat Race, a traditional favorite of Englewood Pioneer Days. The event will take place on Saturday, September 2 starting at 9am with the racing beginning at 11am at Indian Mound Park, 210 Winson Ave. Participants range from kids to fun loving adults and local businesses. You can build your boat from boxes, rug tubes, sona-tubes and all things cardboard – it just needs to be sea-worthy enough to complete the race course by paddling or sailing. To give you ideas, there will be a cardboard boat building demo day at Skip’s Placida Marina, 1990 Placida Rd, on Saturday, August 19 from 9am – 3pm. You can also find boat building instructions as well as the registration form at englewoodpioneerdays.com/cardboard-boat-race.html. This event is hosted by the Coast Guard Auxiliary Englewood Flotilla 87 which operates the first aid safety booth & distributes life jackets to participants who need them.
The entertaining smile-producing Diaper Derby will take place at the Lemon Bay Woman’s Club on Sunday, September 3 at 2pm. Babies must crawl, no walkers. Reservations are being accepted now for the event. Call or email Terry at 474•3520 or Powellmema@comcast.net. Lemon Bay Woman’s Club is on the corner of Cocoanut & Maple Streets.
A part of Englewood Pioneer Days, plan to attend the Shipwreck Dance on Saturday, September 2 starting at 5pm. This free family friendly event will be held at Pioneer Park in the 300 block of W Dearborn St. Come dressed in “shipwrecked” attire that reflects this year’s Beach Party – Englewood Style theme for the costume contest. Bring lawn chairs & blankets but no coolers or food. Taste of Englewood will have food available for purchase.
Taste of Englewood
Sample local restaurant fare as eateries compete in Taste of Englewood competition on Saturday, September 2 from 5 – 8pm at Pioneer Park in the 300 block of W Dearborn St. Each restaurant will present up to 3 dishes in the following categories: appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Voting will be done by the public Foodies and each dish will cost $5 or less for a small portion. The winning restaurant will take home the “Traveling Taste Trophy” for a year. Winners will be announced after the parade on Labor Day.
It is almost time for the Englewood Pioneer Days’ Car Shows. The Open Car Show on Sunday, September 3 showcases cars from 1923 to the present. The All Corvette Show on Monday, September 4 will feature models from 1956 to present. Ten awards will be given out in two classes each day. Come and join the fun and choose your favorite car. All car owners would love to talk to you about their car. For more information, please visit www.englewoodpioneerdays.com. Pre-registration by August 28 is preferred – there will be a fee for day-of registration.