From its earliest days in May 1978, Old Timer’s Day has continued to make an impact on those who call Southwest City, Missouri - and the surrounding area - home.

The initiative, which began under the direction of members of the Southwest City Commercial Club, was initially created to honor John and Bess Poynor, for their 50 years of service to the community.

At the time of the parade, when the Poynors’ became the first “Mr. and Mrs. Old Timers,” John Poyner had decided to retire from owning and operating the Philips 66 station - something he did from 1927 to 1977.

This year, Danny and Lois Frye will have the distinction of serving as “Mr. and Mrs. Old Timers.”

The event, which takes place primarily on Saturday, May 5, includes a fireman’s pancake breakfast, an arts and craft festival, bingo and the annual parade.

Entertainment includes concerts by Johny Dale Robrts and Jesse Joyce, as well as a performance by the Uptown Dance Company.

Perennially crowd favorites, such as the Out House Races, the pie eating contest and the “ugly feet” contest will also take place.

The event is marked by the Old Timer’s Day Rodeo, set for 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5, at the arena.

It will include bare back bronc, saddle bronc, bull riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing, as well as breakaway roping and junior barrel racing.

For the youngest competitors, mutton busting and the calf scramble will take place each evening for an additional charge.

Admission to the rodeo is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12. Admissions free for children 5 and under.

Slack will take place at 7 p.m.,on Thursday, May 3. The books open for the rodeo from 3 to 9 p.m., on Sunday, April 29. Persons may call in at 918-697-8879.

For more information about Old Timer’s Day, persons interested may call Frank Wood at 417-342-5498.