It’s a new Prairie Pioneer Days in Morris for Saturday, Sept. 7, and Sunday, Sept. 8.
The annual celebration has moved from July to September. It also has a new location on the Stevens County Fairgrounds.
“The Morris Area Chamber of Commerce chose to move Prairie Pioneer Days to September in hopes of making it a well-attended and family-friendly event,” said chamber director Kolby Gausman. “The fairgrounds are an excellent facility and we are excited to be working with the Fair Board to use their grounds.”
The fairgrounds has advantages over East Side Park which was the former site of most Prairie Pioneer Days activities, Gausman said.
“The fairgrounds allows the chamber to host more vendors and plan more activities as the space is larger,” Gausman said. “The buildings at the fairgrounds give us the ability to offer vendors indoor space which is great since the weather is so unpredictable.”
There are more changes for the annual event. New activities include a bean bag tournament, pumpkin bowling, a school house escape room, dessert derby, enduro race and horse show.
“We have almost 30 craft and retail vendors planning on coming as well as 10 food vendors excited to make their specialties,” Gausman said.
Popular events returning to Prairie Pioneer Days include the ribfest on Saturday, the fire department’s pancake feed on Sunday and the parade on Sunday.
“We are also thrilled to work with the City of Morris Tourism Board to create a firework show,” Gausman said.
The parade will have a new route this year. It will travel down Atlantic Avenue. It will start at the Morris Cooperative at 1000 Atlantic Ave. and end at the Morris Co-op’s Cenex South at 103 Atlantic Ave.
Gausman said the chamber has heard many positive comments about this year’s Prairie Pioneer Days “We are hearing lots of excitement about Prairie Pioneer Days,” Gausman said. “We have put in a lot of work and time into creating what we think is an event worth attending.”