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Community Days-Reunion Weekend kicks off in Pilot Rock

Tammy Malgesini

East Oregonian

Published on August 14, 2018 6:13PM

Bowen Bronson competes in a stick horse race with the help of his brother Kash, during the 2017 Pilot Rock Community Day. The event, which also includes a reunion dinner, runs Friday through Sunday.

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Bowen Bronson competes in a stick horse race with the help of his brother Kash, during the 2017 Pilot Rock Community Day. The event, which also includes a reunion dinner, runs Friday through Sunday.

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Pilot Rock alumni who graduated in the 1970s wave from a float during the 2017 Pilot Rock Community Day/Reunion Weekend. The event kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday.

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Pilot Rock alumni who graduated in the 1970s wave from a float during the 2017 Pilot Rock Community Day/Reunion Weekend. The event kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday.

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Karleigh Endersby and her brother, Michael, slide down a Slip ’n Slide at the 2017 Pilot Rock Community Day/Reunion Weekend. Event activities are Friday through Sunday.

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Karleigh Endersby and her brother, Michael, slide down a Slip ’n Slide at the 2017 Pilot Rock Community Day/Reunion Weekend. Event activities are Friday through Sunday.

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A celebration of community takes place this weekend as Pilot Rock kicks off its seventh annual Community Days/Reunion Weekend.

Although reservations were requested by Sunday, people might still be able to enjoy the community dinner, which is Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pilot Rock High School cafeteria. The cost is $15 for adults and $12 for those 65 and older. The dinner serves as a fundraiser for the Pilot Rock Education and Community Foundation, which supports school activities, community projects and scholarships to graduating seniors.

The menu features barbecue tri-tip or pork loin. For meal information, call Annie Tester at 541-377-3075.

In addition to the meal, people will have a chance to wander the hallways to view alumni pictures while reminiscing about the good old days, Tester said.

“Community members who did not attend PRHS should tag along and hear some good stories,” she said.

Another Friday night activity offers people a chance to learn more about the history of the town while collecting cards during a poker/history walk ($10, 6:45 p.m.) For more details, call Mary Ann Low at 541-443-6481.

Activities get into full swing Saturday with a community-wide yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. Maps can be obtained Friday afternoon at Pilot Rock City Hall. Also, food and craft vendors open at 10 a.m. on Main Street.

People can demonstrate their competitive spirit as several tournaments and activities offer a chance to show off everything from horseshoes ($20/team, 8:30 a.m.), wiener dog races (10 a.m.), beard contest (11 a.m.) car show (2-4 p.m.) Great Duck Race ($5 each, 3 p.m.) and Barnyard Bingo ($5/square, 5-6 p.m.).

“There is no entry fee for the car show. Anything with wheels that you’d like to show off is welcome,” said Heather Nelson.

A stick horse rodeo (9-11 a.m.) for the kids offers five events in three age groups. The top cowboy and cowgirl in each age division will receive buckles. Also, other prizes will be handed out in each age group. Little buckaroos can register for $10 in advance at city hall or Saturday at 8:30 a.m. For questions, call Lea VanHouten at 541-443-4911 or 541-240-1961.

The Rocky Ridge Quilters are holding a show in conjunction with the event. Quilts will be on display Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Pilot Rock Community Center. In addition to quilt viewing, people can vote for a people’s choice, watch demonstrations and make purchases from vendors. For more about the quilt show, call Karen at 541-969-6981.

Also, the senior center is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a king-sized Sampler’s Quilt created by local quilters. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The winner doesn’t have to be present for the 4 p.m. drawing.

The evening closes out with a downtown parade at 6 p.m., followed by a beer garden and live entertainment from 7-10 p.m. at Archie’s Restaurant, 194 W. Main St.

A community church service begins Sunday at 10 a.m. at Pilot Rock City Park, followed by a community potluck meal. For questions, call Harley Jeffers at 541-240-1478.

For additional information about Community Days, contact communityday_reunionweekend@yahoo.com, 541-443-2811 or search Facebook for “Pilot Rock Days.”

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Contact Community Editor Tammy Malgesini at tmalgesini@eastoregonian.com or 541-564-4539





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