Pioneer Days Pioneer Family Activities

Saturday, Oct. 9th, 2004

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Pioneer Family Events at Ward’s Ranch

The Sierra Madre Pioneer Days Association rounded up many fun events for children and families this year.  Gold panning, apple bobbing, butter churning, clothes washing, cabin building (with Lincoln logs), and pioneer dress-up were just some of the activities that took place from 12 to 4 pm at E. Waldo Ward & Son Ranch on Saturday October 9th.  Three-legged races, hoop races, wheel barrow races started at 2 pm.  The watermelon seed spitting contest followed the races.  For a list of the winners of the races and seed-spitting contests, click here. Jeff Ward gave tours of the factory and the gift shop was open.  The museum was also open to visitors. 

Boys Scout Troop 110 (St. Rita's) sold hot dogs (hot dogs were generously donated by Taylor's Old Fashioned Meats), the Woman's Club sold brownies and beverages, and Sierra Madre Community Nursery School, Sierra Madre School and St. Rita's had booths with kids activities.


Thanks to the sponsors


Panning for gold

Hoop rolling

More panning for gold

Old fashioned washboard clothes-washing

Sierra Madre School and St. Rita's school booths on the right by Ward's Ranch barn

Lincoln Log Cabin building

Bobbing for apples.  How'd her hair stay so dry?

Troop 110 fires up the BBQ

Youngster polishes the running board on mini-car provided by Dr. Norman Johnson

Then settles in for a ride

Another joyrider

And more joyriders

Butter making

Kids are gone, but the newly washed clothes keep hanging around

More hoop rolling in front of the Ward house

Pioneer dress-up

SM Woman's Club sold brownies, water and lemonade

Pioneer Days dress-up

More log cabin building

Troop 110 again

More panning for gold

Resting and relaxing on the shady Ward front lawn

Wheelbarrow racing

Yet more structures being built

Arcadia Rotary Interact volunteers at mini-car with Dr. Bill White

Attendees strike a familiar pose

Apple bobbing - photo by Debbie Henderson

Log cabin construction - photo by Debbie Henderson

Clothes washing - photo by Debbie Henderson

Pioneer Dress-up - Photo by Debbie Henderson

More dress-up - Photo by Debbie Henderson

More dress-up - Photo by Debbie Henderson

Winners of the races and contests

3-legged race (5 & under)

Henry Kavanaugh, age 5

Graham Williams, age 5


3-legged race (6 & up)

Rebecca Liston, age 6

Jim Liston, (Rebecca's dad)


Wheelbarrow races (all ages)

Kaitlin Liston, age 8

Jim Liston, (Kaitlin's dad)


Tim Crilly, age 13

Stephen Loesch, age 13


Hoop races (all ages)

Daniel Boulsen, age 8

Ashtin Lorge, age 8

Lily Wilkins, age 5


Sunflower seed spitting contest (5 & under)

Gwenn Jergens, age 5, 51.5 inches


Sunflower seed spitting contest (ages 6-15)

Stephen Loesch, age 13, 180 inches


Sunflower seed spitting contest (adults)

Brian Pondo, 240 inches

Diane McKinney, 157 inches



Thanks to the following sponsors of Pioneer Days Family Activities


Thanks to Arcadia Interact Club for all their volunteer help

Apple bobbing sponsored by Howie's Ranch Market

Coloring sponsored by the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library

Cabin construction sponsored by the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society

Clothes washing sponsored by Arnold's Frontier Hardware

Pioneer dress-up sponsored by the Sierra Madre Civic Club

Butter making sponsored by E. Waldo Ward & Son, Inc.

Gold panning sponsored by the Sierra Madre Pioneer Days Association

Prizes for the races and seed spitting contest furnished by the Sierra Madre Pioneer Days Association.

Thanks to Dr. Norman Johnson for lending us the little yellow roadster.

Participating schools were: Sierra Madre School, Sierra Madre Community Nursery School, and St. Rita School.

Previous years Pioneer Days photos

2003 2002 2000 1999 1998


Our Sincere Thanks to our Sponsors

Gold Level

Arroyo Seco Medical Group


E. Waldo Ward and Son


Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce

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