What do Border Days and Christmas have in common? The fish pond. Uh … what? For about 35 years, the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department (GVFD) has run what has become a Border Days staple. Kids of all ages take their chance with a fist full of dimes, dropping them into a filled water trough, hoping to put one on the concave bottom of a submerged pop can. Do that, and you’ll win yourself a goldfish.
A long standing tradition will continue as the Triple Bar Drill Team performs each night during the rodeo. The Border Days drill team of girls will again please the crowds with their drills during intermission of each rodeo. Rodeos are set for July 1, 2 and 3, 6 p.m. each night. The Triple Bar Drill Team also rides in each parade. Parades are set for 2 p.m. each day, July 2, 3 and 4.
A variety of high school reunions are set for the Border Days Fourth of July weekend including the following
Saturday, July 1, the Grangeville Farmers’ Market will kick off the 2017 season, in Pioneer Park on East Main Street in Grangeville. The SyndiCat Bros, Pete Northcutt and Johnnie Henderson, will be playing music. Coffee will be offered free of charge for customers and vendors, volunteers and visitors. The Elk City Wagon Road committee will be using the Market’s free table for non-profits, to advertise the upcoming Wagon Road event, selling raffle tickets to promote and fund their group.
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The Idaho County Genealogy Society invites the public to an open house Monday, July 3, 1 p.m., at 111 South Idaho Street, Grangeville, right behind the Methodist Church in the blue house. The group moved from the Centennial Library to its new facilities in January of 2017.
The Kooskia Saddliers held an O-Mok-See last Saturday, June 24, at their arena just north of town on U.S. Highway 12.
The Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center hosted a Vietnam veterans welcome home and recognition day on Sunday, June 25. The Grangeville facility was filled to capacity, with the crowd spilling outside for the afternoon event that included a barbecue, music and presentations, which included from Quilts of Valor.
Rural firefighting infrastructure in Idaho County is receiving a boost this month. The BPC (Battle Ridge, Pleasant Valley, Clearwater) Volunteer Fire Department plans to receive five vehicles: two 5,000-gallon-capacity water tenders, two four-wheel-drive brush trucks and an ambulance.
“We are happy to have him here – he’s been great help, and we are excited to give him this experience,” said Sheila Arnzen. Arnzen spoke about Justin Sickels, 2016 Grangeville High School graduate, who will be running a Shiznits food booth downtown during Border Days.
Idaho County 4-H Day Camp was held Wednesday, June 21, at the Idaho County Fairgrounds in Cottonwood. 4-H members participated in games and workshops throughout the afternoon. Workshops were led by community volunteers and 4-H leaders assisted by Idaho County 4-H Ambassadors Bailie Gehring, Rachel Kelley, Mitchell Nuxoll, Kortney Sims and Laina Sonnen. Workshops included:
On June 4, an Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held for Blaze and Tate Berdoy, sons of Brad and Lesa Berdoy.
The Idaho County Fair Royalty committee is seeking young ladies ages 14 to 18 interested in participating in the 2017-2018 royalty program. Girls must be going into their sophomore through senior years of high school and be available through the completion of the fair. Deadline for applicants has been extended to July 14.
Jackie Zumalt, of Grangeville, was named the winner of the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History and Palouse Watercolor Scoius 2017 Juried Watercolor Exhibition. Zumalt’s work, “Gem of Light,” was named the winner during an awards ceremony held at the Center earlier this month. Zumalt received $1,000 for first place.
Fifty family members of Vernon and Kitty Agee got together for a reunion June 24, 2017, at the Agee home on Harris Ridge, eight miles east of Kooskia.