Pinehurst celebrates freedom | Shoshone News-Press

PINEHURST — Blue skies, smiles and American flags could be seen all weekend sprinkled throughout the streets of Pinehurst for the 52nd annual Pinehurst Days.

The Pinehurst/Kingston Lions organized the family-friendly weekend event, hosting old and new traditions for everyone to enjoy.

The festivities kicked off Friday evening with an eclectic array of vendors, a delicious BBQ Steak Dinner at the P/K lions building, and a movie on the lawn for families to enjoy at Real Life Ministries Silver Valley. Community members huddled together outside, enjoying free hot dogs and popcorn while enjoying the movie “Home on the Range.”

“It really was a great turnout, and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time,” said Bruce Rumpel, a member of the P/K Lions who has helped organize the event for years.

Saturday had a little bit of everything, beginning with a delectable breakfast at the P/K Lions club and an epic parade that lasted around 30 minutes. The parade featured floats, old cars, children riding their bikes, and participants throwing candy and free merch out to the crowd.

Saturday also held the annual BBQ Cook-Off and Golf Scramble at the Pinehurst Golf Course.

The ever-popular Comancheros Car Show was celebrated during Pinehurst Days as well, with many experienced and expert classic car owners showing off their stunning custom builds with young and old fans.

“We had at least 70 sponsors this year which gave out prizes, along with the ‘Best in Show’ award, and more. It was a great turnout and a great time,” said one of the car show organizers, Dave Maxwell.

As locals perused the vendor wares and adolescents practiced at the BMX Park, the popular Silver Valley band, Sverwood, rocked the crowd before everyone made their way to the dike road for the annual burnouts.

This year the crowd was massive, with many in attendance needing to stand, despite the added bleacher seating. Country music blared as rubber met the road with cars squealing and screeching down the stretch, some popping tires as they went. The burnouts were announced by Janelle Chacon and Brandon Church and were made possible thanks to Nick and Miranda Elam, and various others who volunteered their time.

“It was the best turnout for the burnouts yet,” said Miranda to the News-Press. “It was a great weekend.”

The winners for the burnouts received a variety of cash prizes, car washes and detail certificates, and more.

“Everyone who participated in the burnouts won something. Such a wonderful turnout for the whole weekend. It’s so great to have something in Pinehurst all weekend,” said Kattie Ross, who volunteered with the burnouts, “And it’s only going to get bigger and better from here.”

The following are winners from the various Pinehurst Days events. Not all results were reported to the New-Press before press time. The results will be updated in the online edition as they are received.

50/50 Gun Raffle Winners

American Flag 9 mm — Danielle Kindel

223 Diamond Back AR-15 — Tony Weschel


First Place/Crowd Favorite: Chad Weeks

Two “first popped” tires:

Chad Weeks

Jimmy Kuykendall

Nicest Ride: Kyle Calabretta

Worst Ride: Alexander McCurdy

Most Creative: Nick Garcia

Longest Ride: Rodney Cochrane


3 and 4 years old

First Place: Paxton Louthan

Second Place: Radley Haynes

Third Place: Marcus Ross

5 years old

First Place: Kade Yergler

Second Place: Tyrus Louthan

Third Place: Waylon Jolly

6 and 7 years old

First Place: Ryden Haynes

Second Place: Oliver Beck

Third Place: Hudson Mitchell

8 years old

First Place: Gannon Farming

Second Place: Jackson Flores

Third Place: Hunter Heebink

9 years old

First Place: Gavin Clapper

Second Place: Brodie Elam

11, 12, and 13 years old

First Place: Gracen Haynes

Second Place: Kashton Haynes