Sportsman’s Holiday gets nostalgic name change

The Sportsman’s Holiday, to be held July 10-12, will sport a new name this year: Frontier Sportsman’s Holiday.

At the Chamber of Commerce’s April board meeting, the board approved a proposal to change the name, which was prompted by “a desire to return the current event to the spirit of an earlier event held during the same weekend, formerly called Frontier Days,” said Andrea Culy, administrative assistant for the chamber.

The event was founded in 1948 to raise funds for a community pool, she said. The event was called “Frontier Days” until 1957.

As of 1957, Frontier Days included a parade, the “Chips ‘n’ Splinters” talent show and a number of fun community activities that many still remember, Culy said.

Former chamber Executive Director and local historian Mona Waibel said “Sportsman’s Holiday” was named in anticipation of the impact Foster Lake would have on the community after the dam was completed.

She said it was rumored at the time that the name was based on Arthur and Maud Sportsman, who were well-known in the community.

“That rumor went around some, but it always was a joke,” Waibel said. “The Sportmans were grand marshals in the parade one year and everybody was talking about whether the festival was named after them, but it wasn’t. Arthur Sportsman was on school board for about 30 years, I believe, but they were really quiet people who were active in education and in their church.

“The only reason Frontier Days stopped was because the pool was completed. Sportsman’s Holiday was started before the lake was done.”

The celebration continued although some of the original Frontier Days activities were left out, Culy said.

“The chamber board has the desire to bring back some of the original activities from Frontier Days, such as the street dance and the talent show. The new name, ‘Frontier Sportsman’s Holiday,’ reflects the chamber’s desire.”

“Change is difficult,” board member Lerena Ruby said. “So it was a difficult decision.”

The chamber would like to bring back the glory of the old days, reconnecting with the Frontier Days concept as a way of branding the event and community, she said. “Every city has their little brands, something that catches the eye. This is one of those thing we thought would catch people’s eyes.

“We’ll try it this way and see how it goes.”

The Sweet Home Rodeo will contribute to that goal this year with a beard contest, one of the old Frontier Day activities, Friday and Saturday night during the party and dance following the rodeo.

The goal was to get “Frontier” back into the name of the holiday, Ruby said, but the board is open to suggestions from the community about the event and the name.

Call 367-6186 for more information or to offer suggestions.

The Frontier Sportsman’s Holiday schedule will kick off with the Frontier Sportsman’s Holiday Court queen’s coronation Thursday at the Elks Lodge.

Four princesses are vying for queen this year: Leah Dauley, Savana McCalister, Amanda Russell and Catrina Stengrim.

A Coronation Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. with a choice of steak, potatoes and salad for $10 or hamburger and French fries for $5.50.

The coronation ceremony begins at 6:45 p.m. with a social following. The Elks will remain open from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. for the Queen’s Coronation Dance. Everyone is invited to stay and dance to original music by DJ Wurm (Abe Woosley) and some of today’s popular songs.

Contact Wendy Younger to pre-purchase dinner tickets. Advance purchases are strongly encouraged.

Tickets at the door will cost $1 more – $11 and $6.50. Tickets for the coronation only can be purchased at the door for $3.

For information or to purchase tickets, contact Younger at 401-3444 or by e-mail at [email protected].

A kiddie parade will be held on Friday. The time has not been set.

On Saturday, the Sportsman’s Holiday Mile fun run/walk starts at 10 a.m. The parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Following the parade, activities will be available behind Lorene’s Café, including a dunk tank and stick horse rodeo. Vendors also will be available.

At 3 p.m. is “The Angel and the Bad Man” starring John Wayne for $3 or $2 for the best Old West costume.

The Logger Olympics begin at 1 p.m. The Sweet Home Rodeo begins at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Sweet Home Singing Christmas Tree’s Art and Crafts Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in front of Sweet Home High School. In addition to the exhibits, food will be available. There is room for additional craft vendors. For more information, contact Sherry at 367-4824 or Sue at 367-4639.

The annual Gospel Jamboree will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Community Chapel church amphitheater, 42250 Ames Creek Road. The usual venue, Sankey Park, was not available this year so Community Chapel has agreed to host it.

The Jamboree will feature Cornerstone, The Potters and Perry Crocker. The event is free, though an offering will be taken.

The amphitheater is quite sunny, so organizers are encouraging people to bring umbrellas.

Fireworks begin at dusk on Saturday.