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Pioneer Days cancelled for the first time in 50 years

For the first time since 1970, New Boston will not celebrate its beloved Pioneer Days.   Last week Pioneer Days Chairman Charlie Clark announced that the 50th Annual “Hottest Festival in Texas” has been postponed, due to state mandates to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Clark released the following statement:

“After lots of consideration of the events going on at this time, it is with a heavy heart that I, as Chairman of the Pioneer Days Festival, must make this decision.

I have studied, prayed, and discussed this situation with co-chairman Kelley Branson. With the stipulations that Governor Abbott has placed on the state of Texas, we do not see any possible way of putting on a festival of the same caliber we have had in the past. Due to deadlines for certain events approaching rapidly, we are cancelling the 50th Annual Pioneer Days Festival at this time.
Thank you all for the work you have already put forth, we hope you support our decision and continue to work with us in the future.”

Co-chairman Kelly Branson called it, “The hardest decision I ever had to make.  We all prayed and prayed about it, and worked very hard to come up with a plan that would allow us to still put the festival on while under the current social distancing restrictions, but there was nothing we could come up with that would allow Pioneer Days to be anything like what we have had in the past.  But we have big plans for next year, and our 50th Pioneer Days will hopefully be the biggest and best yet!”
Vendors who have already paid for a spot are asked to call or visit the Chamber of Commerce office for refund arrangements.  

Bowie County Citizens Tribune

139 E.N. Front Street
New Boston, Texas 75570