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  • Writer's pictureRoger Sims

Gen. Pleasonton Days activities set to begin on Saturday

There will be a daylong series of events and things to do this Saturday and Sunday as General Pleasonton Days returns for the 16th year. The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce as well as area merchants are sponsoring the event.

The namesake of the city of Pleasanton, Gen. Alfred Pleasonton was a Union army commander during the Civil War and was instrumental in the Battle of Westport and the Battle of Mine Creek.

For a complete schedule of the events, click on this link, or go to the end of this story.

Events start at midmorning on Saturday with a baby contest at 10 a.m. at the Pleasanton Community Center at Ninth and Main streets.

The Pleasonton Days parade begins at 11 a.m. and will begin at Sixth Street and head south down Main. The lineup begins at 10 a.m. and participants can sign in at the Christian Church on the corner.

At noon, the festivities move to Dunlap Park at 13th and Locust streets before moving back to Main Street in the evening.

Throughout the day, food and craft vendors will be selling their wares. Other activities throughout the day will include face painting, hair braiding, train rides, balloon darts and horseshoes.

Some of the afternoon events include a bubble-gum contest, a beard contest, stick animal races, sack races, musical chairs and a hay toss. Live music in the park will start at 1:30 p.m.

At 4 p.m. events move back to Main Street with bingo at the community center and a cornhole tournament. Kids can test their pedal power in a pedal pull set to begin at 4:30 p.m.

The evening will wrap up with a street dance on Main Street from 7 to 10 p.m.

The two events on Sunday are a community church service at Dunlap Park at 11 a.m. followed by a community lunch at noon. Participants are asked to bring a lawn chair for both events and a side dish for the lunch.

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