• Annual Pioneer Day Celebration helps raise funds for park improvements.
The Box H Park Board of Directors held their annual Pioneer Day Celebration in Fairview on Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22. The annual event is known for being the longest running community celebration west of the Mississippi River, according to longtime Fairview residents.
“This year’s event was a spectacular showcase of how a community can celebrate history while looking to the future. Steven and Mary Jo Parker were amazing in helping the Box H Board bring this all together,” stated Sarah Hale, Chairwoman of the Box H Park Board of Directors. “The Pioneer Day Celebration has been a Fairview tradition for over 100 years and will definitely continue to be a fun way for friends and neighbors to get together for many years to come. We appreciate everyone who participated. Be sure to join us in 2024!”
Highlights of the festivities included the annual parade, wheelbarrow baseball and new this year was the lawnmower races and firetruck slip-n-slide.
Some of the funds raised during the weekend’s events will be put towards upgrading the park’s playground equipment. An artist rendering of the new playground was revealed during the Milk Can Dinner held on Friday. Emily Martin, Secretary of the board, said the Box H Park is still seeking donations and looking for grant opportunities to finish up the fundraising efforts for the playground. The goal is to secure the remaining amount needed before the end of the year, as the price of the playground is expected to increase in 2024. Martin said she still has about 300 Box H Park Puzzles for sale and roughly 75 Fairview Community Cookbooks for sale. Proceeds from these items will go towards the playground. Martin said she is hoping to have the puzzles and books for sale during this year’s Lincoln County Fair, August 5-12.
For more information on Box H Park events and activities, visit FairviewBoxH.com. Upcoming events include the Classic Car Show and Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, August 26.