Chuckwagon Days Parade Coming Up

The Jesse James Express made an appearance in the Jesse James Chuckwagon Days last year. This years parade will be Saturday, June 22 at 10:30 a.m.

ADAIR — A longtime tradition is “A new bridge to opportunities” this year at the annual Chuckwagon Days in Adair. The theme builds on Adair’s past and looks to the future with traditional favorite activities and new things to try as well.

The celebration takes place Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22 with activities ranging from the Kid’s Parade, Baby Crawl and more on Friday night to the annual parade and Wild Outlaw Car Show on Saturday.

The Adair Chamber of Commerce puts on the event, and officials said this year would include some new activities as well as traditional favorites: for example, this year Adair t-shirts will be for sale both days.

Friday’s festivities kick off with kid’s activities at Horizon Equipment followed by tractors and homemade ice cream from the Presbyterian Church. Main Street will feature the kids parade, baby crawl, Little Miss Jesse James and Little Gunslinger competition, along with a new variety show, featuring some of the areas most talented people.

A ribeye dinner and open house at the Adair Fire Hall will give attendees a chance to see the new fire hall. Annual water fights will take place on Fourth Street.

A bags tournament to support the Kids Zone will be hosted in the street by Pete’s Pub followed by First Name Band.

Saturday, you can start the day off right with the Lion’s Club breakfast.

A 5k, one-mile run, and kids fun run will take place in the city park.

The annual parade will include prizes of $150 for first, $100 for second, and $50 for third place, with line up by 10 a.m.

“So come on out, decorate your best looking float for a chance to win and have fun,” organizers said.

After the parade, stay for Lunch, which will be served at the fire hall, Methodist Church, or Lion’s Club snack shack in the park. New food vendors this year, on hand for the whole weekend, include Wow Donuts, Blue Penguin Shaved Ice, kettle corn, and more!

Looking for more fun? The annual Poker Run will start at the fire hall at noon. Noon is also the start time for a softball tournament.

Kids’ activities including inflatables, mini golf, and carnival games will run from 1-3 p.m. in the city park.

Another new activity: Ag Adventures will give kids a chance to get hands-on learning in how agriculture works in our everyday lives.

Kids can cool off with a large water balloon fight at 3 p.m.

Like BINGO? That is also scheduled 1-3 p.m.

The Wild Outlaws Car Show is expected to have hundreds of cars, and it also offers a new feature — a ‘scoop the loop’ on Main Street will be held after the show.

Wrap up the night with a fire hall dance featuring “Who Nu!”

Watch for the schedule of events in the newspaper or follow the event on Facebook, officials said.

The Adair Chamber of Commerce “commits to building on its heritage, while enhancing a high quality of life for all of its citizen. We pledge to work in collaboration with our residents and business community to foster pride, develop a vibrant, diverse economy and thoughtfully plan for the future,” officials said.