Frontier Days returns to Francis over Labor Day weekend
Weekend activities recognize traditions
Francis City’s annual Frontier Days celebration, which honors the community and recognizes rural traditions, returns to the East Side over Labor Day weekend.
Francis City has designated Labor Day weekend for Frontier Days since the mid-1980s. The event spans two days — Saturday and Monday – and features several popular attractions, including vendors, live music and a rodeo.
“We’ve tried to keep it somewhat of a smaller celebration than some of the other ones on the East Side,” said Mayor Lee Snelgrove. “But we have tried to make it an opportunity for the community to come together and have a good time.”
Four bluegrass bands will play throughout the day on Saturday at City Park, including local band Dan Bates. The music will go from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Other activities will include craft booths, a climbing wall, bounce houses, horse games and a Dutch oven cook-off.
The Rocky Mountain Professional Rodeo Association (RMPRA) Rodeo is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. at the Francis City Rodeo Arena. Tickets are $8, and children younger than three are free. The night will include a patriotic tribute to veterans. Tickets are still available for the rodeo and can be purchased in the city offices or by calling 435783-6236.
“We just hope people come and have a good time,” Snelgrove said. “A lot of the new residents aren’t use to the some of the rodeo activities and some are. We just hope that they can come and have an enjoyable time and get to know people and some of the opportunities to volunteer.”
Duane Lambert, who lives in the county near Francis and an original volunteer, credited the city’s former leaders and residents for starting the event in the mid-1980s.
“They started talking about the need for a little celebration,” Lambert said. “That first year or so there were just some cows for wild cow milking and steers for roping. We also had some chutes that went up in the first couple of years.”
Lambert said the event was, and still is, made possible by volunteers “who spend a lot of hours putting this together.”
“So many of town’s people have helped volunteer with the stands and booths and just helped organize it,” he said. “There are so many people who have been responsible for this I don’t want to name any names and leave someone out.”
One of those original volunteers – Tim Atkinson – will be honored on Monday for his role creating the event.
Frontier Days resumes Monday with a 5K at 7:30 a.m. followed by a breakfast and the Jr. Rodeo, which includes the kids scrambles. Rodeo events will continue in the afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. with the barebacks, broncs and bulls, in addition to professional sky divers.
Francis City’s Frontier Days schedule:
Saturday, Sept. 3
- Breakfast, 8- 10 a.m.
- Horse Games, 10 a.m. Sign up at 9:30 a.m.
- Bounce Houses, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
- Live bluegrass bands, 1-6 p.m.
- Dutch oven cook-off, 4:30 p.m. Advance sign up is required
- RMPRA Rodeo and veteran’s patriotic tribute, 7 p.m.
- Vendor booths will be open all day
Monday, Sept. 4
- 5k run, 7:30 a.m.
- Breakfast, 8-10 a.m.
- Jr. Rodeo, followed by the kids scrambles, 9:30 a.m.
- Barebacks, broncs and bulls, and professional sky divers, 2 p.m. Sign up is required for the hide race
- Vendor booths will be open all day
Tickets and entry applications are still available for the RMPRA Rodeo. For more information or to purchase tickets call 435-783-6836.
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