Parading through

A parade makes its way through Birchdale during Pioneer Days.

Features of the 19th annual Birchdale Pioneer Days fundraiser are likely to hearken some people back to an earlier day, when blacksmiths had a corner shop and skillets were thrown.

Skillets thrown? Yes, it’s a part of the celebration July 13 and 14 that raises money for the non-profit River Valley Development Association that operates the Birchdale Community Building.

The event features antique tractors and gas engines, antique and classic cars, live old-time music from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and after church Sunday, arts and crafts vendors, and a petting zoo, among others.

In addition, a flapjack breakfast is offered each day at 8 a.m. and an exhibitor parade is around noon.

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