This past weekend Lund had their annual Pioneer Days Celebration. Starting with a Gymkhana Friday morning, cowboys and cowgirls competed in events for prizes. That night was the first Rodeo. People from all around came to the small rodeo grounds to watch locals and travelers alike compete for that 8 second ride and team ropers lined up to see who could throw their loop fast enough to land in the money.
Both the Friday and Saturday night rodeos went off without a hitch. The EMT’s in the ambulance had a very boring weekend, not once having to move from its post at the southwest corner of the arena. That’s not to say there weren’t some crash and burns, with cowgirls and cowboys leaving the arena with a limp and a few new bruises. Of course, the most dangerous event of the night is the cash sheep, although I can’t tell if it’s more dangerous for the kids or the sheep.
Saturday morning was the 5k run starting at 6 in the morning. The winner was Mckay Manner from Idaho with 19:44 and Sarah Hannon from South Carolina got second with 22:07. At 10 am crowds lined the streets for the parade. Lund’s parade has a unique little quirk, it is one of the only parades that goes all the way down the route and then turns around and comes all the way back. That way if you miss something the first time you have a chance to see it again! Then it was off to the square for the Pioneer Day program. This year one of the programs focuses was on the town’s past State Championships. Past Alumni were invited on stage to be acknowledged for their accomplishments.
After the Saturday night rodeo people rushed to get down to the square to lay on the grass as fireworks lit the sky directly above them.