SEMINOLE — The 51st annual Pow Wow Festival & Parade, the city of Seminole’s oldest and largest event, will take place Friday, March 8 through Sunday, March 10.
This year’s Pow Wow Festival will run Friday, March 8, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, March 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N.
The Pow Wow Parade is set for March 9 at 10 a.m. Parade participants will march north along 113th Street North from 80th Avenue, near the Seminole City Center, ending at the Pow Wow Festival at the recreation center. Duane Crandall, recreation program coordinator, said the “best viewing” of the parade will be from the east side of 113th Street.
This year, the parade has a theme of “Movies.” Participants can incorporate this theme using “any latitude they want for that, but we’re not allowing just business vehicles,” Crandall said. “They have to be dressed up to fit the theme.”
He added, “It’s not a marketing thing. It’s entertainment. It’s just not entertaining to watch traffic.”
Trophies will be awarded for Best in Show, Spirit and Most Creative.
The parade typically draws about 70 units from Seminole area businesses, civic groups, nonprofit organizations, schools, churches and youth groups.
At the festival, unlimited ride wristbands are available for $20 on Friday, $25 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday. An all-weekend power pass is available for $45.
Several regional bands will perform at the festival. On Friday, Poly Essence takes the stage from 6 to 8 p.m., while Trop Rock Junkies performs from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s musical acts include Johnny Ray Hubbs (12:30 to 2:30 p.m.), Hot Rod Hornets (3 to 5 p.m.), Comfort Zone (5:30 to 7:30 p.m.) and the Ellie Lee Band (8:30 to 10:30 p.m.)
On Saturday, the festival will end with a fireworks display at 9 p.m. on the south soccer fields.
Sunday at the Pow Wow Festival has again been designated Family Fun Day. The day will feature Mascot Mania, where local team mascots and animated characters will be invited out to meet with fans. Attendees can sign up for Rita’s Brain Freeze Challenge and other contests. Area dance troupes and other entertainers will perform throughout the afternoon. Bay Pines Lutheran School also will organize activities for children.
That same day, the Seminole Kiwanis Club also will host its annual Fire Truck Pull fundraiser Sunday in the library parking lot from 1 to 3 p.m.
Teams of either six to eight adults or 10 to 12 teens compete against one another in the pull. Winners will be determined by time over a measured distance.
Team registration is $150. The Kiwanis are seeking teams and sponsors for the competition. All competitors will receive a commemorative T-shirt. All winning teams receive a Kiwanis medallion.
The fundraiser benefits several of the club’s projects, including the Key Club at Seminole High School, the Builders Club at Seminole Middle School, K-Kids at Bauder Elementary School, Every Child a Swimmer and Horses for the Handicapped.
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