Pleasanton hosts parade, activities this weekend

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

PLEASANTON – A two-day celebration of small-town living is set to start this Saturday as the annual General Pleasanton Days festivities begin. All of the activities of the day will be on Main Street in Pleasanton except where noted.

The Pleasanton High School cross-country team is sponsoring a 5K run at 8 a.m. to kick off the celebration. Registration for the run begins at 7 a.m. and closes at 7:45 a.m. in the PHS parking lot.

At 7:30 a.m. a host of vendors for the day will be getting ready to open for business.

The parade down Main Street begins at 10:01 a.m., shortly after a flyover by Brian Lowe. Parade registration and lineup begins at 9 a.m.

Rodeo Slack at the Saddle Club Arena also begins at 10 a.m.

New moms and dads will get a chance to show off their babies at the Baby Contest at 11:30 a.m. The contest is sponsored by Farm Bureau Financial Services.

Beginning at noon and running through 4 p.m., both A-Z Exotic Animal Experience & Pony Rides and Haulin’ Axes Mobile Axe Throwing will open shop. The animal and pony rides are sponsored by the City of Pleasanton, and the axe-throwing venue is sponsored by Labette Bank.

Registration starts at noon for the Cornhole Tournament, which gets under way at 12:30 p.m. The tournament is sponsored y Custom Creations by Brianna.

Also beginning at 12:30 p.m. is Cupcake Wars, Jr.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the PHS cheerleaders will sponsor Carnival-type Kids Games while the PHS Art Club will sponsor Sidewalk Chalk Art from 1 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More kids games will be on hand from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and those games are sponsored by Heartland REC and The Blue Flamingo.

At 2:30 p.m., Food Fair will sponsor “Chopped!” This is a cooking contest to demonstrate your skills at putting together ingredients from a "mystery basket," containing the main ingredients. Also provided are pantry items including flour, spices, milk and other ingredients.

What contestant supply is a grill, camp stove or both, pots and pans and cooking utensils. The contest is free to enter but you must contact Food Fair Supermarket by Sept. 29

If you’re a kid or a kid at heart and have longed to try your hand at a pedal pull, Saturday will be your chance. At 4 p.m., kids and adults alike will have the chance to show just how far they can push those pedals.

In the evening, the final events of the day move to the Saddle Club Arena. The beer garden, sponsored by Olive’s Hope Pet Rescue, opens at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. Rodeo Gold Productions is bringing a rodeo performance to the arena.

The Pleasanton Ministerial Alliance will host a community church service on Sunday. The service begins at 11 a.m. and will be at the Pleasanton Community Center.

If there’s church, there’s got to be Sunday dinner, and that is the case this weekend. A community luncheon will begin at noon at the community center. Organizers ask that those who attend bring a side dish to share. Meat is provided by Food Fair, and cutlery is provided by Farmers State Bank.

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