Horsethief Days in Knox Continues Today with Softball Tourney, Raffle, Picnic, and More
The softball tournament continues at 8:00 a.m. at the Knox Ball fields.
There will also be a basketball shoot-off, a raffle sponsored by the Rod & Gun Club, a community picnic, and Knox Fireman’s hot sausage.
The week-long community festival runs until Sunday, August 19.
All events at Horsethief Days are free to the public.
Throughout the week, there will be yard sales, live music, a bed race and obstacle course challenge, a bike race, tractor races, and other activities.
The Firemen’s Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, followed by an ice cream social at Knox United Methodist Church, and then fireworks at dusk.
The event concludes on Sunday, August 19, with the Modified/Antique Tractor Pull at 1:00 p.m. behind Knox Fire Hall.
Schedule of Events
Sunday, August 12th
8:00 a.m. – Softball Tourney @ Knox Ball Fields.
KHS Basketball Boosters shoot-off event at the park.
11:00 a.m. Rod & Gun Raffle – Rod & Gun Club
5:00 p.m. Community Picnic & Vesper Service – Knox Community Park
Food: Knox Fireman’s Hot Sausage at the Knox Ball Fields
Monday, August 13th
5:00 p.m. – BINGO – Rod & Gun Club
Tuesday, August 14th
5:00 p.m. – Cornhole Tournament Registration at 512 Main.
6:00 p.m. – Cornhole Tournament (Main Street)
6:00 p.m. – Cornhole Golf Course – Presbyterian Church
6:00 p.m. – Chili Cook-Off (cash prizes) – Rod & Gun Club – Open to the public.
7:00 p.m. – Live Music by Billy and the Neptunes – Main Stage
Wednesday, August 15th
5:00 p.m. – Tractor Race Registration & Meeting
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Community Picnic – Rod & Gun Club in Knox
6:00 p.m. – Lawn Tractor/Push Mower Races – Main Street
7:00 p.m – Live Music – “Dead Level” at the Main Street Stage
Thursday, August 16th
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – Senior Citizens Free Breakfast – Knox Presbyterian Church
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Community Yard Sales – throughout Knox
3:00 p.m. to Sold Out – Ribs & Chicken BBQ – Rod & Gun Club
5:00 p.m. – Lion’s Bike Races (5 p.m. Sign-up) – Power Wheels following Bike Races
8:00 p.m. – Bed Race & Obstacle Course Challenge – Main Street
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Live Music – “Lonesome Bob” at the Main Street Stage
9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – Live Music – “Ashleigh Bennett” at the Main Street Stage
Friday, August 17th
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Community Yard Sales – throughout Knox
3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – John Winkler Memorial Car Show
3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. -Sons of Legion Brisket Dinner – open to the public
4:00 p.m. – Music by Hanna Williamson Schick – Main Street Stage
5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Wine Festival – Knox Volunteer Fire Company Hall
6:00 p.m. – Guts & Glory Tractor Pull Registration – behind Knox Fire Hall (Registration is at 5 p.m.)
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Live Music with Mis B’ Haven – Main Street Stage
7:00 p.m. to ? – Legion Riders Chapter 720 Bike Night (East State Street)
Saturday, August 18th
6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Edenburg Mason Lodge Breakfast (Buckwheat/Pancake/Sausage) located at the Knox Lodge Building, 2nd Floor on State Street (door next upstairs beside Knox Video)
7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. – Breakfast at Knox Rod & Gun Club
9:00 a.m. – ? – Firemen’s Hot Sausage – Main Street on Wednesday & Saturday
11:00 a.m. – Mason BBQ Pulled Pork & Ribs
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Street Sales (Crafts/Food/Vendors) – Main Street
8:00 a.m. to ? – Lion’s Broom Sales & Raffle (Winner pulled at 5 p.m.)
9:00 a.m. – Tractor Show – Main Street
10:00 a.m. – Soap Box Racing in front of the Borough Building
10:00 a.m. – Jeep Invasion – located behind Knox Fire Hall
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.- American Legion Kiddie Carnival Games
12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Bingo – SMILES (Old Bank on Main Street)
12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Live Music – Wheels & Heels – Live Music
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.- Train Rides
3:00 p.m.- Scavenger Hunt
3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Live Music – Samantha Sears – Live Music
4:00 p.m. – Corn Hole Tournament – Rod & Gun Club, open to the public, registration begins at 3:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – Little Firefighters Announced
5:00 p.m. – Recognize Citizen of the Year
5:30 p.m. – Firemen’s Parade – Main Street
After Parade – Ice Cream Social – Knox United Methodist Church
6:30 p.m. – Keystone Soccer Scrimmage – Keystone High School (concessions available)
After Dark – Fireworks – Keystone High School Football Area
All Day – Games at Edenburg Church
Sunday, August 19th
1:00 p.m. – Modified/Antique Tractor Pull – Behind Knox Fire Hall
For more information, visit KnoxPa.com.
History of Horsethief Days
Knox gained its reputation as the Horsethief Capital of the United States through the operations of Sebastian “Boss” Buck, who was touted as the most notorious horse thief in US history. He and his gang continuously moved a string of stolen horses along a trail from Kentucky to Maine.
Clarion County was renowned for its horse thieves in the 1800′s. The county had this reputation because it is the only locale in the eastern U.S. where a man was hung as a horse thief. Horse thieving relates to the Buck family because one of the most famous of the thieves was Buck. Although he was a known horse thief, he was never convicted of this crime. Boss was not hung as a horse thief, but he did spend about five years in jail for counterfeiting.
Horsethief Days originated back when Sebastian (Boss) Buck started stealing horses and altering their appearance, so when he sold them that the real owners wouldn’t discover that the horses that Boss was selling were theirs. Boss wasn’t an educated man, but he was the planner of all the schemes and had the intelligence, power, and daring, to be the leader of the horse thieves.
According to bossbuck.blogspot.com, Buck lived up to certain standards that kept him in the good graces of those who looked upon his livelihood with scorn. He would not permit the theft of a horse from a person who could not afford to lose the animal.
Like Jesse James, there are innumerable stories in circulation as to his acts of kindness, his generosity as well as his desperation.
It is said that Buck did not sanction cruelty or murder on the part of his clansmen. Horse stealing and counterfeiting seemed to be his vocation. Eagle Furnace, Bear Creek, and just west of Parker’s Landing were three distinct counterfeiting plants under the direction of Buck.
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