Parade, meal, games and car show

Pioneer Day — Norwood’s western heritage holiday — will be held Sept. 30, and members of the Norwood Study Club who produce the event said there will be something for everyone.

“It’s the 81st, and everybody come out and enjoy,” Anne Shaffer said. “The street games, we dispersed $ 900 last year, so come and earn some money. And, the car show is very good.”

This year’s theme is “Remember When.”

The day kicks off with the coronation of the Pioneer Day Queen on Grand Avenue at 10:30 a.m.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. and will travel west down main street before turning around and heading the other direction. All are encouraged to preregister for the parade with Patti Grafmyer or Gretchen Wells at Norwood Town Hall.

Parade lineup starts at 10:15 a.m. at Norwood Community Center. This year, Nate Lamers will emcee the Grand Avenue segment.

In keeping with tradition, Norwood School’s junior class will host a chuck wagon meal for the community. The meal, served at noon in the school’s all-purpose room, is a fundraiser for students.

At 1:30 p.m., the street games for the public begin on the school’s football field.

Shaffer said she’s grateful to town officials for their support in producing Pioneer Day. She also thanked the Norwood Chamber of Commerce for handling the trophies.

In its third year, the Pioneer Day Car Show continues. Car show committee member Doug Olson said the event is a great addition to what Pioneer Day already has to offer. According to Olson, Norwood’s automobile gathering is unlike other shows on the Western Slope.

“We get a lot of spectator participation because we have a lot of volunteers talking to them, and spectators get to make the vote for the People’s Choice (Award),” he said. “The family and kids get to cast their ballots at the registration table and vote for their favorite car.”

Additionally, Olson said car show producers cater to car owners. He said owners are given attention and treated very well. He said entrants have given positive feedback, reporting that they enjoy attending the car show.

This year, it features 14 automobile categories, along with Best of Show (chosen by the committee), the People’s Choice Award and the Darrel Elder Memorial Award.

(The late Elder was a car fanatic who owned a salvage yard in Norwood and was beloved by the car community.)

Owners can enter various types of vehicles, from vintage or classic to modern. That includes motorcycles, tractors and pickups. Show vehicles also can participate in the parade.

Olson said the car show trophies are something to be proud of, custom made by Charlie Bausch in Norwood.

“People have given good feedback, they like the personal touch, and they say it’s not like any show I have been to,” Olson said.

He and other car show committee members (Bausch and Finn Kjome) would like to see more local participation. They said there are folks in Norwood with vehicles that should be entered.

Some entrants come from as far away as Cortez and Grand Junction.

All car show proceeds support the Lone Cone Legacy Trust, Norwood’s growing endowment that makes community grants.

Entry fees are $ 20 in advance, and $ 25 the day of the show. Discounts are available on multiple entries.

For more information on Pioneer Day, call Shaffer at 327-4331; for the parade, call town officials at 327-4288; and for the car show, email

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