One of the first activities for the Calamity Jane Festival weekend at Princeton involves the Friday parade of tractors on the rural roads of Mercer County.
The tractor cruise ends with a supper and homemade ice cream event open to the public. Princeton Chamber of Commerce President Kelly Bertrand and Vice President Donna Herdrich spoke Monday morning on KTTN’S Open Line:
Participants in the tractor cruise register Friday morning at the city barn in Princeton before leaving at 9 o’clock for their country drive.
An “Old Time Calamity Jane” is the theme for this years’ festival Friday through Sunday. Those attending are invited to dress like they did in the old west of Calamity Jane.
New events include a costume contest; barn quilt competition; a native American Indian performance by dancers from southwest Missouri; and a presentation by Professor Richard Etulain about Calamity Jane.
Other features at Princeton include a baby show; performances by the shootout gang and melodrama; music from the bandstand; car show; various contests; a golf tournament; and a parade. The Heck family of Princeton has been named grand marshals of the C-J Day Parade which is at 1 pm Saturday.