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Delta’s Friendly Frontier Days -- Memorial Day Weekend 2004 



The list of activities for Delta’s Friendly Frontier Days over Memorial Day Weekend 2004 sounds like a patchwork quilt of fun things to see and do: Square Dancers, Farmer’s Market, Free BBQ, Auction, Music, Poetry Reading, Parade, Children’s Mini Rodeo, Barn Dance, Hayrides, Cowboy Mounted Shooting and more! Come join the fun!

Start out your busy day, Saturday, May 29th with a hearty pancake breakfast at the Delta Presbyterian/Faith Lutheran Church from 8:00 – 10:00am. (The log Church behind the Community Center). 

Next comes the Grand Opening of the Highway’s End Farmers Market. The Market is located behind the Sullivan Roadhouse and across the street from the Delta Junction Visitor’s Center. The Market will be open on Saturday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. It will also be open Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the season during these same hours. Look forward to purchasing farm fresh vegetables, fresh herbs and starter plants (Seasonal availability) just to name a few. Other items at the Market include Alaska grown meat products (buffalo, yak, elk, reindeer), jams, jellies, pottery, woodwork items and other Alaskan crafts.

The Children’s Pet Parade will be held at the Farmers Market starting at 11:00 am. Frontier Days Parade starting at 11:00am. The Theme is of course “Delta’s Friendly Frontier” so bring your favorite pet and yourself dressed up in a Friendly Frontier manner. Prizes will be awarded at 1:00 pm at the Farmer’s Market. Contact Courtney Durham of Junction Realtors at 895-2075 for more information.

The parade will be followed by a free BBQ of buffalo burgers and sausages with all the fixin’s. The BBQ is in conjunction with an “under the big top tent” Barn Dance featuring live music and a kid’s rodeo, where you and/or your kid can test your skills at roping, kissing a pig, and pulling a ribbon off a calf. 

The musical entertainment will be provided by Coho, a three- piece, Rockin’ Country Blues band from Palmer, Alaska. They will provide a lively mix of licks and rhythms that are hard to resist. 

An auction benefiting the Hollembaek Collection at the Sullivan Roadhouse Museum will begin at 2:30 pm and will feature lots of great items for bid. Randy Peterson of Peterson’s Auction and Appraisals will ring the call on items including a one day rental of a backhoe from Chuck Ceamer of Airport Equipment Rentals; $250.00 toward a business or personal sign and $250.00 toward a piece of custom log furniture from Mike Stockinger of Clearwater Signs; a Randall Compton Print ($450 value) from Patty Mongold of Mt. McKinley Bank; two Riverboat Cruise tickets and two El Dorado Gold Mine tickets from The Binkley Family and Riverboat Discovery; a certificate for one (1) spay or neuter any dog/cat plus all needed vaccines and deworming ($200 value) from Clint Crusberg of Delta Veterinary Service; two Columbia Glacier Cruises ($170 value) from Stan Stephens Glacier & Wildlife Cruises; two John Deere Sweatshirts ($50 value) from Bill and Marcia Ward of Ward Farms; and a $100.00 Donation from Susie Kemp of Kelly’s Country Inn; a gift basket from Lee Ann Blevins and Al Turinsky of the Shaw Creek Cookie Factory; three delicious BBQ meals from Mike Jenkins of The Pit; as well as numerous other donations from Delta Meat & Sausage, Wedgewood Resort/Sophie Station Hotel, Granite View Sports & Gifts and the Palmer Chamber of Commerce.

All items will be sold to the highest bidder, so come out and bid on some great items and help the museum preserve local history at the same time.

Throughout the day at the Farmer’s Market location there will be a host of fun activities such as Hayrides, Musical Entertainment and Barn Dance and Poetry Readings. Feel free to read your own selection or perhaps a Robert Service poem to fit the mood. The children can look forward to a Mini Rodeo with greased pigs, calf roping and other fun games. There will even be a “Pig Kissing” contest. Come on down and vote for your favorite person to “Kiss the Pig”! 

The Veteran’s Alliance will be holding a Memorial Day Service at 12:30 at the Moose Lodge followed by Flag Retirement Ceremony at the same location.

Lets not forget that this Memorial Day Weekend is the 25th Anniversary of the Buffalo Wallow. This Buffalo Wallow is an annual fund-raising event for the local square-and-round dance club in Delta called the Buffalo Squares. The Buffalo Wallow is one of the biggest square-and-round dancing events in the state. The Dancers will be “kicking up their heels” at several locations around town throughout the weekend. Spectators are welcome! On Saturday, don’t miss the Rika’s Landing Dance at Rika’s Roadhouse from 3:00 to 4:30 and a demonstration at the Farmer’s Market at around 5:00 pm. Their Grand March, Mainstream Square Dance will be held at the school gym. Later that evening join us in giving the dancers a hearty welcome and thank you at a reception at the Visitors Center at 11:00 pm when they perform their End of the Highway Dance. 

On Sunday, May 30th there will be an open- air worship service hosted by the Delta Presbyterian Church at the AT&T Alascom Stage at the Deltana Fairgrounds. In the event of inclement weather the service will be held at the Church (log Church behind the Community Center). 

The first match of the season for the” 2004 Great Alaskan Mounted Shoot-Out Series” will be held Sunday, May 30th at the Deltana fairgrounds. The Shoot-Out Series is a Cowboy Mounted Shooting event that is hosted by the DJ Saddle Tramps 4-H Club and is sure to excite both rider and spectator alike. Cowboy Mounted Shooting is a fast action, all-around equestrian sport where mounted contestants are timed as they ride through a variety of patterns, each one consisting of 10 balloon targets. Competitors use two .45 caliber single action revolvers, each loaded with five rounds of specially prepared blank ammunition, which is provided at the event. 

Adding to the excitement, competitors dress in traditional turn of the century western clothing and use horse tack and gear in the style of the old-time cowboy. Period clothing and tack are not required, but strongly encouraged. Riders of all ages are welcome to compete in the Great Alaskan Shoot-Out Series. The competition is broken down into three divisions. The winners are determined by the raw time plus penalty. The Wrangler Class consists of riders aged 9 –12. All classes, except the Wranglers, fire live ammunition while riding. Wrangler riders complete the course, dismount and fire at balloon targets with the special ammo. Riders under 9 ride the course only. Prizes are awarded in each class, with best of class winners; top cowgirl/cowboy awards and a jackpot run capping the event (if time allows).

The Great Alaskan Mounted Shoot-Out is open to all breeds of horses and mules, registered and unregistered. Riders are expected to compete with mounts that are healthy and in good physical condition. Horses must be introduced and conditioned to the sound of gunfire prior to competing in a match. New riders will be required to demonstrate that they can safely control their mount while completing of a trial course of fire before they are allowed to compete in the Shoot-Out. New rider qualifying will take place on the morning of each schedule competition. 

The DJ Saddle Tramps 4-H Club is hosting the Great Alaskan Shoot-Out Series. The cost to register is $35 for the day and includes ammunition. Contact any of the names listed below if you require the use of guns. Wrangler class registration is only $10. Please register one week in advance to avoid a late registration fee.

Come one, come all, everyone is welcome to participate! Bring your horse and your family for a day full of fast-paced action and thrilling fun at the Great Alaskan Mounted Shoot-Out Series. Don’t miss Alaska’s most exciting new sport. 

For location and registration forms please contact any of the following; Kari Thomas at 895-1117, Courtney Durham at 895-2075, Louis Stockwell at 895-4094 or Russ & Linda Bowdre at 895-4328.

If you would like to be a vendor at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, contact Market Manager, Becky Peterson at 907-895-4241 and if you would like to be a vendor at the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition on Sunday, contact Martha Kimball at 895-2004. This can be a great way for organizations to do fundraising as well as showing community involvement. The Chamber will be glad to feature events that are happening during the Memorial Day Weekend in their advertising and brochure. Call Martha Kimball, Activities Coordinator at 895-2004 or the Chamber office at 895-5068 or email with your plans. 

Come Join the Fun!
See our ad in this paper for specific dates and times. And for more information and updates check on events at the Delta Visitors Center, the Delta Chamber’s Website and the Delta News Web — .

Brought to you by Delta Chamber of Commerce, the City of Delta Junction, Junction Realty, Dipper Fuel, Inc., D.J. Saddletramps 4-H Club, Cottontail Acres 4-H Club, The Boeing Company, Buffalo Drive In and Buffalo Diner.


Martha Kimball
Delta Chamber of Commerce
Activities Coordinator

Delta Junction’s Friendly Frontier Days 2004

Saturday, May 29th

8am – 10am Pancake Breakfast (Delta Presbyterian/Faith Lutheran Church) 

10am –6pm Highway’s End Farmer’s Market Grand Opening (Farmer’s Market)

11 am -Noon Children’s Pet Parade (Farmer’s Market) Prizes Awarded at 1:00 (Farmer’s Market) 

Noon BBQ – Cookout (Behind Sullivan’s Roadhouse) 

Starts at Noon Hayrides, Children’s Mini Rodeo and Games ( Farmers Market)

12:30 pm Veteran’s Alliance Memorial Day Service (Moose Lodge)
Noon til 2:00 Musical Performances – Featuring Coho, a Rockin’ Country Blues Band from Palmer, AK, Barn Dance & Poetry Readings ( Farmers Market)

2 pm Veteran’s Alliance Flag Retirement Ceremony (Moose Lodge)

2:30 pm Sullivan’s Roadhouse Benefit Auction ( Farmers Market)

3pm – 5pm Musical Performances ( Farmers Market)

3pm – 4:30 pm Buffalo Wallow (Rika’s Landing Dance) 

5:00 Buffalo Wallow Dancers Demonstration ( Farmers Market)

8pm – 10:30 pm Buffalo Wallow Grand March, Mainstream Square Dance 
( School Gym)

11pm – 11:30 pm Buffalo Wallow – End of Highway Dance and Reception 
(Visitors Center)

11:30pm Until Buffalo Wallow – Camp Fire/Dancing in Dirt 
(Campground behind Delta School)

NOTE – In the event of inclement weather – Saturday’s activities will be held at the Delta Community Center.

Sunday, May 30

11am Worship Service (AT&T Alascom Stage – Deltana Fairground – in the event of inclement weather service will be held at Delta Presbyterian/Faith Lutheran Church)

2pm – 6pm Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition –Deltana Fairgrounds 

Brought to you by Delta Chamber of Commerce, the City of Delta Junction, Junction Realty, Dipper Fuel, Inc., D.J. Saddletramps 4-H Club, Cottontail Acres 4-H Club, The Boeing Company, Buffalo Drive In and Buffalo Diner.

For more information, contact Martha Kimball 895-2004 or Brenda Peterson at 895-5068.

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