Heritage Days festivities draw near

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce officials and volunteers are gearing up for the 23rd annual Heritage Days Celebration.

The annual event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with the Pioneer of the Year reception at the Memorial Building. This year there are two nominees, T.Z. Duncan and Irene Harth, said executive director Sharon King.

Nominees for Pioneer of the Year are based on two main qualifications. The nominees must be at least 75 and a resident of Roosevelt County for 50 years. Involvement in the community is also considered, King said.

Saturday will be a day full of activities for the whole family. At 8 a.m., the MainStreet FunRun will begin, followed by the opening of the car show at City Park. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to travel down Second Street to Abilene, said events coordinator Kinsey Barker.

Following the parade, vendors will be set up at City Park. Everything from ceramics to barbecue to toys will be offered, Barker said.

“This is really neat to see the community come together,” Barker said of the upcoming event.

New this year will be an instrument workshop and a songwriting workshop. Anyone interested in participating in the workshops can sign up at the music stage at 10 a.m. on Saturday, with workshops starting at 10:30 a.m.. Cost for the hour-long workshops is $5.

Instruments workshops include guitar, mandolin, bass guitar, and autoharp, said organizer Steve Davis.

The Christian Country Jamboree will be held on Friday evening, Saturday, and again on Sunday. A church service will also be held on Sunday morning. A variety show will be held during the events on Saturday, Davis said.

“There will be music and entertainment for most of the day,” Davis said of Saturdays events.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the motorcycle rally will not be held this year. Plans are for the event to return next year, King said.

Schedule

Friday
5:30 p.m. — Pioneer of the Year reception
Memorial Building
(open to the public)

Saturday
8 a.m. — Main Street FunRun
Yam Theater, 219 South Main Street
9 a.m. — Antique, collectible and classic car show
City Park
10 a.m. — Parade
Second Street to Abilene
11 a.m. — Geocachers Gone Wild at the Oasis
Oasis State Park
(Must be pre-registered)
3 p.m. — Music in the park
3:30 p.m. — Car show ends
6 p.m. — Booths close
9 p.m. — Music ends for the day

Sunday
11 a.m. — Church services in the park
Music in the park all afternoon.
Food vendors will be open

Information: Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce, 356-8541