Spectators cheer as the 7-year-olds compete in the annual Washington City Pioneer Day footraces. The decades-old tradition features age group divisions that seek Washington's fastest kids. | Photo by Andy Griffin, STGnews
WASHINGTONCITY — Throngs of celebrants turned out for the annual Washington City parade and festival commemorating Pioneer Day.
The 9 a.m. parade featured pioneer-themed floats, a jazz band and dozens of clowns. A festival followed at Veteran’s Park with children’s activity booths and food vendors as well as a pie sale and live music.
A central event is the traditional footraces, where children compete to become Washington City’s fastest kid. The age group races, which have been run in Washington on July 24 for decades, were well-attended and fans and parents lined the course to cheer on the participants.