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58 years of home-town celebration

Fun for the whole family on Dearborn St.



Englewood, Florida – A Small Town With A Big History



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Little Miss/Mr Englewood Rules and Applications available HERE!

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Englewood Pioneer Days Labor Day Weekend Schedule:

Saturday, August 30, 2014

9:00 am   Captain Rick’s Cardboard Boat Race; Indian Mound Park

5:00-10:00 pm  Shipwreck Dance; Pioneer Park

Sunday, August 31, 2014

8:00 am  Michael O'Donnell Memorial Kids Fish A Thon; Tom Adams Bridge

1:00-4:00 pm Tour of the Historic Hermitage Building

2:00 pm Diaper Derby – Lemon Bay Womans Club

2:00-9:00 pm Pioneer Days Festival; Pioneer Park

Monday, September  1, 2014

8:00 am  Kids Fun Run; Dearborn St.

9:00 am 58th Annual Pioneer Days Parade; Dearborn St.

8:00 am-3:00pm Pioneer Days Festival; Pioneer Park



Michael O’Donnell Fish-A-Thon Rules and Application available HERE!



Thanks for visiting the web site of the 58th Annual Pioneer Days Parade and Festival.

Unlike most events Pioneer Days is a community-funded, organized, and staffed event. That means the Pioneer Days Committee doesn’t actively seek donations (other than the sponsorship of 10 Parade Trophies) to pay all the expenses that come in putting on these events. Instead, expenses are covered by the fees charged to participants and vendors.

We do this for a number of reasons, e.g.: to free individuals, businesses and organizations to donate that money to the many good causes in our area, to level the "playing field" to all businesses and organizations in promoting their businesses, some of whom might not be able to afford sponsorships.

And, most importantly, to ensure the future of Pioneer Days.

Using this far from typical model, the committee has in the past 6 years, managed to cover ever-increasing expenses as well as new expenses and purchasing items that lower our future expenses (eg: tables, tents).

The result is that, through budgeting diligence and planning we've been able to lower participation fees in some Pioneer Days events and in some cases eliminate those fees altogether to allow greater community participation.

The downside of this model is that it's difficult to highlight and thank those organizations, their members and the individuals that step up and carry Pioneer Days, but some of these have been with us for several years.

The Lemon Bay Woman’s Club will be sponsoring the “Diaper Derby” for the fifth year. For the second year the Englewood Lions will be keeping the Parade moving and safe as our Parade Marshals. Also in their second year, the Patriot Riders of America will be providing our overnight security at Pioneer Park. For the third year, F.A.M.E. (Foundation for the Advancement of Musical Education) will be organizing the Mayor for a Day campaign for us.  And last, but by no means least, for what seems like forever, the Lemon Bay Sunrise Rotary will be organizing the Parade Staging at St Raphaels Church.  

This is in no way an all inclusive list. Other organizations are stepping in to run contests on the Festival Days and host other events that fill out the week. There are literally hundreds of people, some with organizations, some not, that are always there to lend a helping hand, and, in some cases, take on the coordination of our events. All of this is why Pioneer Days IS a true community event.

Thanks to everyone! You’re why we’re “Hooked On Englewood.”


2014 Parade Awards

These are the categories for the Parade Trophies. Remember, you don’t have to enter a float to win! Be creative, have fun, and when you get in front of the judges, show your “hook.”

You’re Hooked! (Best Use Of Theme) (Sponsored by Englewood Board Of Realtors)

Watch that Hook! (Funniest)

Youth Hooked Too! (Best Youth Entry – Young People Participating/Creating) (Sponsored by Lasbury-Tracy Realty)

Hooked on Englewood History! (Englewood History) (Sponsored by Pope Insurance!)

Hooked on Water Fun! (Boats, Waterlife)

Hooked on Good Times! (Entry With The Most Spirit)

Hooked on Music! (Most Musical)

Salute the Hook! (Most Patriotic)

Hooked on Our Environment! (Green, Recycling, Eco Assets) (Sponsored by Corin Bay Realty)

Hooked to be Most Original! (Most Original, not necessarily on theme)

The only sponsorships for the parade are the trophy sponsors, and there are only ten of them. You can sponsor one trophy for $100, or, if you choose, sponsor more than one. You will have the opportunity to present the winner with their trophy on Monday when the trophies are awarded. Sponsors will be recognized through media releases as well as on this web site.!

Send your check with a letter specifying what trophy you want to sponsor to: Englewood Pioneer Days, 916 Suncrest Lane, Englewood 34223 (Make check payable to Englewood Pioneer Days). Questions? Call 941-474-3764.

OR…Make your selection and pay-on-line HERE

Food Truck For Shipwreck Dance Applications HERE!


The Englewood Pioneer Days Committee is announcing “The Hooked On Englewood Photo Contest.”  In keeping with the theme of this year’s Englewood Pioneer Days, photographers are asked to show what they “hooks” people  our wonderful community. At: www.englewoodpioneerdays.com, from “contests,” select “Photo Contest” to get started. Entries will be given a code number and sent to a panel of judges. You may submit more than one entry, but each one will receive a new code number and the judges will only see the code number – so they will not know who has submitted any photo until the end of the contest.

This is a digital contest, entrants don’t need to shell out any money for matting or framing, just take your best shots, go to www.englewoodpioneerdays.com and send in your photo.  As specified on the submission site, your email should specify the title of your photo and, if you wish, a short explanation of why you think it illustrates the theme.  

Each week a winner will be selected just from that week’s entries. The announcement of the winner – with the photo – will be sent to the local newspapers. However, all entries will remain eligible for the final judging, so even if someone doesn’t win for the week, they are still in the running to make the top photos of the contest. Each week all submitted photos will be displayed on a separate page at the photo submission web site.

Entry submissions will close on August 22th. The top photos, and the best photo of all will be announced at the Pioneer Days Park Festivals on the afternoon of September 5th. Walgreens Drugstore at Indiana and Dearborn is donating a photo gift card for the winner.


Need Pictures to Promote Englewood Pioneer Days?

To access these photos, Go to: https://www.shutterfly.com/.Click on the 'sign in' button up in the top right. In the top box type in "theraver@aol.com" and the password: "Ewood2013" (capital E, no spaces).

On the left hand side, you will see various folders labeled with the photographer's name. You can download a 720 X 460 pixel copy by simply right-clicking on the photo and "saving as". If you would prefer a larger format photo, please do not hesitate to call me at (863) 738-2642 and I will get a higher resolution version for you. There are photos from nearly every event.

David McFadyen

Please note: These photos were taken by wonderful volunteers, whose work was coordinated by the hard-working David McFadyen. Each volunteer’s photos are in a folder with their name. If you use a photo, it would be great if you would give the volunteer credit for it. David is looking for more volunteers this year. Interested?  Email us at: info@englewoodpioneerdays.com

HEY GUYS! Enter the Beard contest with a level playing field. Beard Contest Shave-off July 26 from 10 til 3 at All About You Salon on Dearborn, no appointment needed! INFO HERE!

Mad Hatter Fun Run Information and Application HERE