T h e 4 t h o f J u l y Parades were a huge success again this year and I have dozens of people to thank. Without these willing hands and hearts this couldn’t be done year after year. Beginning with Grand Marshal “Doc” Foglesong and his entourage, starting with Aunna Bertolini carrying the American Flag at Doc’s request, and the wonderful ladies who were his safety net. Next Steve Michels, honoring our fallen hero, Wade Christiansen by leading the riderless horse all three days. Wade’s folks were so proud and grateful. On the 4th itself, thanks to Aaron McDowell, we had our own Emergency Services people with the big flag and nineteen firefighters marching in a show of respect for those who lost their lives in Arizona, including one man from Montana. Hank Tuell arranged for a contingent of World War II veterans to participate along with veterans from all the battles since. The Buses of Yellowstone were good enough to provide the transportation. As was Jim Ransdell and his group of military vehicles. The Yellowstone Buses also transported members of the Swanson family in salute to their 100 year old matriarch! Congratulations Evelyn “Evie” Swanson. O p e r a t i o n S e c o n d Chance and the Yellow Ribbon Community were well represented with floats wagons and flags. Did you catch the three-up mule team adorned with yellow ribbons?
The Carbon County News team for their continued support. Dozens of entries showed up, many all three days with horses, wagons, cars from all generations, farming implements, new and old, motorcyclists and walkers. All with flags and banners to celebrate America’s Independence Day! What a sight! The icing on the cake was the Fly Over performed by our own Wally Zook and Bo Ewald in their T-34 Trainer planes. How good does it get! The Committee this year was a repeat from many previous parades and I remain indebted to them for their devotion: Katy and Jon Metcalf on the announcer’s stand. Dee Gee Harsha transportation and trailer; Richard Miller from Seal Beach, CA and Shirley Boyer to organize the lineup; Jeri Banning and Megan Mahan, from San Dimas, CA, registration.
Doug Spaulding and son Charlie to handle traffic and crowd control. All the wonderful judges from old timers to newcomers they are the Pam and Joel Todd grandsons Anders, Hayden and Nayan, Colleen and Wayne Stevenson, Shirley and John Overton; Bonnie and Dan Voelz; Beartooth Mountain Baptist Church group who did crowd control all three days; the Police officers and Emergency Services people who are there to keep us all safe. A special thanks to all those who enter and those who cheer them on.