Just 10 days after the devastating Panaca explosions, the town of Panaca enjoyed its yearly Pioneer Day Celebration.
Panaca became Southern Nevada’s first permanent settlement, founded as a Mormon colony, in 1864.
The normal yearly 6 a.m. wake up by dynamite was not heard this year. Instead the comforting sound of church bells woke up Panaca residents, still recovering from the July 13 bombing.
“The community made this decision, but next year, it will be dynamite,” said Panaca First Ward Bishop Tyler Heaton.
An Honor Guard from Nellis Air Force Base led the parade and also played the role of Panaca’s Grand Marshall. First responders, Panaca Fire Department, EMT’s and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department were honored for their brave and quick response to the explosions.
The 5K Run starting at 6 a.m. and had many participants. For the men, Jonathan Leach took first place, Chase Dirks second and Dan Hooge third. For the women Sharla Manuele was first, Jessie Roberts second and Jaycie Wadsworth third.
For the boys under 18 group, Cody Dirks took first, Spencer Klomp second and Collin Klomp third. In the girls under 18, Haylee Zierow was first, Mayah Hafen second and Jessica Shumway third.
At the softball tournament, the winning team consisted of Greg Walker, Dantley Walker, Kobe Walker, Preston Avery, Eli Jobe, Casey Frehner, Doug Peterson and Bruce Condie.
“Still Pioneering “ was the theme for the parade. First prize was won by the Horlacher family. All floats were winners.
“Much appreciation to the Panaca Fire Department for hosting their yearly successful and fun money scramble,” said Heaton.
Hundreds of residents, family and friends gathered as a community still strong, still standing together.