8/30/2019 11:09:00 AM Palestine ready for big weekend First rodeo performance is Friday night in Pioneer City Arena.
Carnival food, games, but no rides as company backs out
There will be no carnival rides in Palestine for this year's Labor Day Celebration and Pioneer City Rodeo.
According to Rodeo Chairman Marcus Deckard, the carnival company lacks a sufficient number of qualified employees for the carnival so the festival will not be having any rides this year.
"We will have games and all the food we had before," Deckard said. "We have exhausted our options for another carnival and other entertainment. We are already calling and trying to get year 2020 booked and taken care of."
The challenge facing small carnivals continues. The City of Robinson had trouble finding a carnival for the July 4 celebration, and the carnival scheduled for the Crawford County Fair also canceled at the last minute.
`According to Deckard, many carnivals have had to cancelled at the last minute due to the lack of employees around the surrounding states.
"Please bear with us this year as unfortunately it has also affected our celebration," Deckard said. "We will have a carnival/entertainment next year for everyone to enjoy."
It's time again to rustle up some rodeo excitement in Palestine.
The first performance of the annual Pioneer City Rodeo, sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, is 7 p.m. Friday at the Pioneer City Arena a Leaverton Park.
The Mount Carmel band Smoke Rings will provide musical entertainment in the Coors Light Beer tent following the performance.
Activities continue Saturday, starting with the Chuckwagon breakfast on Main Street at 7 a.m. The breakfast features pancakes and sausage for a free will donation.
At the same time, free entertainment will begin downtown and Main Street Market Madness booths will open. Main Street Madness will be open all day Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
In honor of the days when Palestine's Labor Day Celebration was linked to the village's railroading ties, the Crawford County Model Railroaders will have a display at Palestine High School. It will be open to the public from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
There will also be an antique gas engine exhibit and swap meet at 116 E. Grand Prairie all day Saturday.
Kids can begin registering to compete in the annual Junior Pedal Tractor Pull on Main Street at 9 a.m. The pull starts at 10 a.m., the same time as the Robinson Lions Club golf cart drawing.
The Collector's Belt Auction is 9:30 a.m. Entertainment downtown continues from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lunch with the Rodeo Clowns is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Main Street Park. Also at 11 a.m., registration opens for a cornhole tournament. It starts at 1 p.m.
The second rodeo performance is 7 p.m.. Ryan Daniel will perform in the beer tent following the performance.
On Sunday, there will be a community church service at the Leaverton Park bandshell.
Basket Binga will be played in the Palestine Village Hall Pioneer Room from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
The Miss Labor Day Pageant is 2 p.m. on Main Street. Meanwhile, Jake Hoult will provide free entertainment from 2 to 4 p.m. at the park bandshell.
The final rodeo performance of the year is 7 p.m. Sunday. X-Krush will perform in the beer tent following the performance.
Pre-parade entertainment starts at the bandshell and on Main Street at 9 a.m. Monday. The parade, which travels from Main Street to Leaverton Park, gets underway at 10 a.m.
Finally, the band Battle Creek will give a free performance at the bandshell from noon to 1 p.m.