Everything is in place for the 2011 Calamity Jane Day activities this weekend at Princeton.
A new event starts off the three days of activities on Friday, Sept. 16. A tractor cruise will leave the Princeton fairgrounds around 9:30 a.m., returning to the Princeton square around 4 p.m.
Several events are planned that day at the bandstand area of the Princeton square. Donna Smith will kick things off at 2:45 p.m., reading a poem about the American flag and then leading the pledge to the flag. Three bells will then ring in honor of Constitution Week.
Following the arrival of the tractors, members of the Princeton Chamber of commerce will be selling pulled pork sandwiches, drinks and ice cream. The Lifeline gospel band from the Zion Church will entertain on the bandstand.
The Ranch Rodeo begins at 6 p.m. at the arena area and there is no admission charge. The Dick Franklin Memorial Co-ed Slow Pitch Tournament will begin at the city ballfield at 6 p.m. and run through Saturday.
Saturday’s activities begin with the Princeton Rotary Club Breakfast at 7 o’clock and continues throughout the day, with the Nancy Shew 5K Walk at 7:30 a.m. A pie contest is scheduled at the bandstand at 8:30 a.m., followed by the baby show at 9 a.m. (registration at 8:30 a.m.). The children’s parade is set for 10 a.m. on the east side of the square.
The first of three shootout performances is at 10:30 a.m. on the southeast corner of the square. The shootout will also take place at 2:30 p.m. on the southeast corner of the square and again at 4:30 p.m. on the east side of the square
Other performances on the east side of the square include the Chiefs’ mini-cheerleaders at 11 a.m., the Mic-O-Say dancers at 11:15 a.m. and the Ambassadors band at 1:45 p.m. Carla Deemer and Blue Rose perform on the bandstand at 11:45 a.m.. Other bandstand programs during the day include the Singing Bee at 3 p.m., the drumline at 5 p.m., Vital Signs band at 5:30 p.m., the live music talent show at 6:30 p.m., Prairie Moon at 7:30 p.m. and the Ethan Miller Trio at 9 p.m.
The Cow Palace will be the site of two melodrama performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The melodrama will also be performed at 4 p.m. on the southeast corner of the square while the texting contest will take place at 4 p.m. at the Cow Palace.
The parade is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start. Miss Calamity Jane Emily Schwenneker will lead the parade
Sunday’s events kick off at the Mercer County Senior Center, which will serve cinnamon rolls and biscuits and gravy for breakfast and will also serve lunch, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
The Calamity Jane Open four-person golf tournament will take place at the Princeton County Club with a 9 a.m. tee-time. The entry fee is $100 per team.
The 27th annual Calamity Jane Car Show will take place around the square, with registration from 9 a.m. to noon at the bandstand and presentation of awards at 3 p.m.
There will be a shootout performance at 1 p.m. on the southeast corner of the square. Events at 1:30 p.m. include the melodrama at the Cow Palace and a performance by the JFK Band at the bandstand.