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Lyle Pioneer Days return


Lyle Pioneer Days is making a return after a 14-year absence. The one day event is scheduled for Saturday, May 27.

Lyle Pioneer days was an annual event that started in 1967 and ran for 22 years to 1988. After much talk of the old days of Lyle, some local longtime residents rallied together help and are bringing it back.

Barbara Hamm Sexton was named Grand Marshal for this year’s event. Barbara came to Lyle with her family in 1947—the Lyle sign above town was her idea and put up on the hill as a school project in the 50s. Graduating LHS in 1957, Barbara married her high school sweetheart and moved away. Barbara returned to Lyle in 1991. Since retirement, Barbara has spent her time doing what she loves—volunteering. She fills positions on many boards such as the Twin Bridges Museum in Lye and the Bingen museum. Barbara’s free time is taken up with her genealogy project. She loves reading and taking classes to learn new things any chance she gets.

Barbara will kick off the events by leading a parade right down Highway 14. Events for the day consist of Family Fun Day with favorites like the water balloon and egg toss, gunny sack races, and the LPD Wheel Barrel racing. There will be carnival games, a bouncy house, princesses, tattoos, a blacksmithing demo, a Car and Bike show, craft, food and vendor booths.

This year, Pioneer Days will have Duane L. Nelson, a cowboy poet, performing in the Pavilion at 1 p.m. From 2 – 4 p.m. there will be music by Jack Green. Both men are donating their talents for the event. To finish out the play day, Bingo will run from 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Local businesses have stepped up by donating monies for the new banner, buttons, printing, permits, ribbons and all the other stuff related to an event this size. These include Dallesport Mini Storage, Gianino Marble and Granite, Sticks and Stones, Red Tail Print Studio, CT Wilson Transport, and the law office of Gregory D. Ferguson. Also participating with activities such as open houses are the Lyle Hotel and French’s Farm. Country Café will offer barbecue and burgers in the back yard, and the Corner Pocket Bar and Grill has sponsored a live band from 8 – 11 p.m., with In-Dispute performing.


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