86th Annual Pioneer Days In Review

86th Annual Pioneer Days In Review

TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA – After an eventful weekend, the 86th Annual Pioneer Days has come to a close. From Little Pioneers to the Pioneer Days Carnival and everything in between, here’s a recap of the weekend’s festivities.
 
On Wednesday, October 12, twelve kids ages 4-6 participated in the Little Pioneers Pageant to kick off the annual Pioneer Days weekend. They sang, danced, did tricks on their scooters, and delighted paradegoers as they passed by on the Twentynine Palms Rotary Club float on Saturday. Genevieve Rose Carson and Dean Robinson were named Little Pioneers 2022. Pageant Coordinator Elizabeth Bevan says, “I want my kids to grow up in the Twentynine Palms I knew. Pioneer Days was always the entire community coming out, celebrating, having fun. I am grateful Twentynine Palms Rotary Club continues the tradition of including our littlest pioneers.”
 
On Thursday, October 13, the Pioneer Days Carnival kicked off its 4-day-long residency at Luckie Park with Dollar Ride Night. The carnival was well attended all weekend long despite being closed early due to severe weather conditions on Saturday, October 15. Sunday’s attendance was particularly large with many community members enjoying the many attractions and delicious food all day long. James Richardson and Crew, Tacos Caramba, and the Hi-Desert Filipino American Organization made sure everyone was well fed with a wide variety of food options from burgers and fries to street tacos to lumpia.
 
On Friday, October 14, Reach Out Morongo Basin’s Wild, Wild West Hoedown, presented in conjunction with Pioneer Days, was a sold-out event with over $2,800 raised to provide services for seniors and the disabled. Hosted at the historic Tower Homestead Guest Ranch, the crowd was entertained by the Cassandra Long Band who kept the dance floor hopping into the night with her lively country and mix of music. Old Timer of the Year David Smith was recognized and introduced by longtime friend Thurman Carson, as the crowd listened to stories of being raised in the early days of Twentynine Palms at the historic Smith’s Ranch. Dinner was chopped brisket and pulled pork with potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, and a roll. The Lady Luck Silent Auction featured various gift baskets and donated items from The Lobby at Desert Beacon and ArtFx and Furnishings. Organizers want to give a special shout out to their sponsors: The Tower Homestead/Cowboy Attic, Ace Desert Hardware, 29 Fitness, and Christy Cuellar – Independent Insurance Agent.
 
On Saturday, October 15, the Pioneer Days Parade kicked off in downtown Twentynine Palms to a crowd of community members ready to cheer on everyone who passed by. With announcements provided by Z107.7’s Gary Daigneault and Cody Joseph, paradegoers enjoyed every group that went through downtown and up Adobe Road. The Hi-Desert Filipino American Organization won “Best in Theme” and “Judges’ Choice,” the American Heritage Girls won “Best Service Club,” Twentynine Palms Elementary School won “Best School,” and Cross and Charleston Moreno won “Best Equestrian” for the parade trophies. In total, this year’s Pioneer Days Parade saw 44 entries.
 
The Children’s Day event at Luckie Park Saturday afternoon was well attended with various activities for the kids including gold panning with the First Class Miners, educational activities about Joshua Tree National Park with Park Rangers, the Lego Design Challenge with the Kiwanis Club of Twentynine Palms, and more. One of the highlights of the afternoon was the Stick Pony Race hosted by the City of Twentynine Palms Parks and Recreation Department. Over 30 kids participated in three different age groups. For the 3-5 age group, Cassidy Lee and her stick pony Flash took first place, Dean Robinson and his stick pony Snoopy took second place, and Julian Pedroza and his stick pony Sonic took third place. For the 6-9 age group, Julian Mora and his stick pony Jimmy Dawn took first place, Ezekiel Selau and his stick pony Bumblebee took second place, and Mia Rivers and her stick pony Sprinkles took third place. In the 10-12 age group, Linken McCool and his stick pony Bob took first place in a tight race with Parks and Recreation staff.
 
Rounding out Saturday morning’s festivities was the Firefighter Pancake Breakfast held at Station 44 that benefitted Fire Explorer Post #121. In the afternoon, the Twentynine Palms Historical Society held their annual Old Timers Gathering at the Old Schoolhouse Museum, honoring David Smith as this year’s Old Timer of the Year.
 
On Sunday, October 16, the 29 Palms Ministerial Association hosted a sunrise service in conjunction with the 86th Annual Pioneer Days festivities at 6AM. Forty people attended the service at Patriotic Hall including Mayor Karmolette O’Gilvie. Pastors and church leaders from The Sanctuary Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Twentynine Palms Ward), and members of the 29 Palms Ministerial Association provided encouraging words and scripture reading.
 
Sunday morning also saw community members and their furry, feathery, and scaly friends at Luckie Park for the Palms-N-Paws Animal Shelter Pet Parade. This year’s Pet Parade had about 48 animals show from a pig, a goat, a goose lizard, a guinea pig, a Macaw, dogs, and cats. Over 100 people attended the event, double the number from last year.
 
The City of Twentynine Palms would like to thank everyone who joined in on this annual celebration over the four days. We will see you again next year!
 
For more information, please call the City of Twentynine Palms at (760) 367-6799.