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In The Spotlight - The Englewood Pioneer Days Festival

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) The Pioneer Days Festival in Englewood has been a tradition for more than half a century ago.

Christi Phelps, chair of the Englewood Pioneer Days Parade Committee says, "Back in 1956 Jo Cortez was the editor of the Sun Herald. She started something that has continued all these years to help local businesses do a little bit more in the summertime, to take away the" dog days" and let everybody know we are here and we encourage everybody to come and visit our great area of Englewood."

The fun begins with cardboard boat races Saturday morning. Saturday night, there's a ship wreck dance in Pioneer Park.

"We start with the drum circle at 5 , we have food trucks , beer gardens, and at 6 pm Sheena Brooks who was one of the top 25 finalists on The Voice National TV show will perform, then "Summer Survivors Band" from Sarasota will be playing at 8 p.m.," said Phelps.

There are two car shows.

Diana Woodruff, chair of the car show, says there are two car shows this year.

Diana says, "One is one Sunday, which is an open car show. I have cars registered that were manufactured from 1927 to 2018."

You'll see cars like a 1931 Alfa Romeo race car! On Sunday, festivities run from noon till 9 pm.

Christi Phelps says, "We have a great kids area its free we encourage parents to come and to bring their children.

The parade steps off Monday morning at 9 a.m.

Christi says, "The parade has been rerouted. We actually starting at the shopping center on state route 776 this year, and we will be going south to north, so we'll be heading west on Dearborn Street this year instead of east."

Immediately following the parade, there's a Corvette show.

John Gammel owns a Corvette and he's volunteering at the show. He says these cars will be an amazing sight to see. "The Corvette is a very special car because it is an American sports car Chevrolet began manufacturing them in 1953 and it's been continuously in production ever since."

On Monday, the Corvettes will be parked in the 300 block of Dearborn Avenue, across the street from the Pioneer Days Festival which will also feature games, the Children's Corner, music all the fun you can image.