Ask a few people who’ve been to Englewood’s annual Pioneer Days and they might mention how the size of the events match the size of this little town. But add up all of the fun happening during this town’s biggest weekend of the year and you have an excellent excuse to visit the lovely hamlet to the south. But you should definitely plan ahead. Spend a few minutes with duct tape and boxes to make a cardboard boat, grab a baby for the diaper derby, put on your dancing shoes and prepare for a few days that celebrate community more than anything else.
ENGLEWOOD PIONEER DAYS
CARDBOARD BOAT RACES
Remember, this race is more about creative use of cardboard than speed, or even seaworthiness. The event lasts until the last boat sinks, or well, crosses the finish line. Either way works.
9 a.m. Saturday; Indian Mound Park, 210 Winson Ave.
Dance in the street to the jazz, swing and funk tunes of Lucky 7, then headliner Kettle of Fish takes the stage to rock the rest of the evening. There will be food trucks, beer, and contests, and everyone is invited to come “dressed for a shipwreck.”
5-10 p.m. Saturday; Pioneer Park, 300 W. Dearborn St.
MICHAEL O’DONNELL MEMORIAL FISH-A-THON
This free fishing event is for kids 12 and under (accompanied by ana dult). Donated bait will be provided, but you may want to bring som extra in case it runs out. A wide variety of prizes will be awarded.
n7 a.m. Sunday; Tom Adams Fishing Pier
The Hermitage Artist Retreat will hold an open house and tours of the historic buildings and campus. See artwork created by Hermitage Fellows and enter for a chance to win a beautiful framed print of the Hermitage.
1-4 p.m. Sunday; Hermitage Artist Retreat, 6660 Manasota Key Road
Enter your 6 month to 1 year old baby in this epic battle of all-fours speed. Absolutely no toddling will be permitted. Register by calling Terri at 474-3520.
2 p.m. Sunday; Lemon Bay Women’s Club, 51 N. Maple St.
No entry fee to show off your ride, but you do need to register in advance by emailing Diana Woodruff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3-8 p.m. Sunday-Monday; Dearborn St.
Dozens of vendors, live music, food and drinks will all be on hand during the two-day gathering in Pioneer Park.
2-9 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday; Pioneer Park, 300 W. Dearborn St.
MAD HATTER KIDS’ FUN RUN
Kids 17 and under can run a mile up and down Dearborn St. and get a free popsicle and participation medal.
Check-in at 8 a.m. Monday; Corner of McCall Road and Dearborn St.
Over 70 different local organizations and businesses will march down Dearborn St. to commemorate the 58th annual celebration of Englewood, all competing to win the theme prizes.
9 a.m. Monday; Dearborn St.