Panorama Days Boosts Business, Builds Community
By Ashley Schable
Main street in Panora was “Picture Perfect.” Locals and visitors gathered to celebrate Panorama Days with it’s “Picture Perfect” theme on August 4, 5 and 6 with a parade, kids activities, music, dancing, food, shopping, games and fun. The colorful event for the town puts a focus on local businesses and community engagement.
“This event would not be what it is without all of the volunteers, vendors, and community members attending,” said Panora Mayor Pat Parker, thanking everyone who helped make Panorama Days “Picture Perfect” this year.
Chaille Crandall, who has organized Panorama Days for the last four years, said it was a fun-filled weekend. “Rain could have held off for another hour on Saturday, but I’m not going to complain, the weather was wonderful,” she said. “We had a few new activities and we hope to have more next year.”
New this year was a Chicken Drop Fundraiser. Tickets were sold for $10 and Chase Schable of Carroll was the big winner as he won $500 when the live chicken pooped on his number 73 square.
Kellie Flanery of Retro Lux Salon and Boutique in Panora organized a Baby Contest this year, and dozens of adorable, bubbly and dancing youngsters were judged on their cuteness in the town’s gazebo Saturday afternoon. “Look how cute they all are,” said one grandmother as her grandson smiled for the crowd.
Six teams competed in the Human Foosball tournament on 1st Street Saturday afternoon with the event organized this year by Panorama Diamond Sports.
Curtis Thornberry, Technology Development Director at Panora Communications Cooperative, was named Panora’s Citizen of the Year. He was presented a plaque for his efforts throughout the community by 2016 recipient Josh Arganbright. “I can look around and see five, six other people here who are deserving of this,” Thornberry said of the honor.
Music by Stardusters, Glitter & Rust, Party of Four, 4 Shades of Grey, Jake Kemble and Boomtown Riot, Final Mix and Toaster entertained all week throughout the event, on the town square, at the Owl’s Nest and at The Port.
Putting on events such as Panorama Days requires a team of volunteers to help manage events -- like a fishing derby sponsored by the local Fin and Feather that attracted 70 kids, said Crandall, while the bags tournament run by the Owl’s Nest this year drew 22 teams. Eleven teams played in the Alumni Golf tournament on Sunday at the Panorama West Golf Course.
The Cake Walk organized by Women for Panora’s Future drew a large crowd of kids inside Vet’s Auditorium, and 50 participants competed in the 5K Fun/Run with Tyler Hostetler of Jefferson the first male to cross the finish line and 14-year-old Ella Waddle of Panora the first female.
Along with hosting the local event, the town also invites food and craft vendors to set up booths on the town square. Local businesses had a steady flow of customers and visitors throughout the weekend. Crandall said that although vendors and businesses make sales throughout the event, the community’s goal isn’t driven by income -- it’s focused on the people. “It’s a lot of work, but in the end you can tell how much people enjoy it and look forward to it every year,” she said.
The 2018 Panorama Days will be August 3-5.