Pioneer Days is back on in Gibbons.
After being cancelled in 2020, Gibbons’ annual celebration of the town's heritage is back, although it won’t look exactly as it has in the past.
Pioneer Days began as a partnership between the town and the Gibbons Museum.
“It was kind of our way of incorporation our cultural heritage into the town for the weekend,” said Eric Paterson, recreation and youth coordinator for the town of Gibbons.
In a typical year, laser tag, a petting zoo and other attractions could be found by the Gibbons Museum, including, pony rides, and a chance to drop the mayor and other town employees in a dunk tank. The Echo Glen Fishpond would host the town's Kids Can Catch event where kids could have a chance to reel in a trout of their own.
“This year is the middle ground between last year, where we had nothing, and the previous years where we’ve been full-fledged. Just with the pandemic and how things were released, planning could only get so far, so we went on a safe route.”
This year's Pioneer Days festivities kick off on Friday (July 9) with a late-night, drive-in screening of Jurassic Park. The event is free, although it requires pre-registering. Popcorn is available for sale at the time of registration.
On Saturday, the annual parade will start at 11 a.m., followed by a free barbecue with the mayor of Gibbons and Morinville-St. Albert MLA, Dale Nally. To end the day, fireworks are set to go off in the town at 11 p.m.
The parade route for the Pioneer Days Parade in Gibbons Saturday (July 10).