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Hot Summer Nights event a success

Riggins News

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Jeannie Fitch 628-3845 fitchi@hotmail.com

RIGGINS — Wow! What a sizzling hot weekend in Riggins at the 22nd annual Hot Summer Nights! There were lots of people both nights helping to make this event such a wonderful success with the features from the Canyon Camillions, to the talent show, to the car show, to the games and music!

The Canyon Camillions presented the Riggins Ed Sullivan Show featuring the Beatles-Glenna McClure, June Whitten, Carolyn Friend and Terrie Helmich, Sonny-Brenda Tilly and Cher-Clyde Hirst, Elvis-Joaquin Lowe, Liberace-John Belton, Tiny Tim – Mike Estrada and Ed Sullivan - Melanie Yearsley. This presentation was “over the top” great! From their authentic costumes to their eye for detail in the songs and actions, they entertained as if they were the real deal! Whatever will they come up with next year?

The talent show had 25 different performances with 38 total participants each entertaining us to the max. First-place winners in the youth division were Kylie and Ty McClanahan with their puppet show and song to the tune of the YMCA with words about “Hot Summer Nights” that they wrote themselves. Second place went to Chaya Johnson singing “Jesus Take the Wheel.” Third place was tied with Hailee Coup singing “Here We Have Idaho” and Lucy Brundage reciting “Five Little Monkeys.” First place in the non-theme division was the Savage Dribble Team-Sarah Laritz, Chevelle Shepherd, Payton Branstetter, Sierra Bovey, Ethan Shepherd and Garrett Shepherd doing a routine with basketballs to the song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” sung by Ryan Simonson. Second place went to Ludi Phillips playing fiddle and singing “Milk Cow Blues.” Third place was a tie between Josie Laufenburg singing “Lady in the Rain” which she wrote and Juile Todderud playing guitar and singing “History” which she wrote. First place in the theme division was Shantel Schwartz and Thann Shira singing “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better.” Second place went to Alison Todderud singing “New York, New York.” Third place went to Maria Erskine playing ukulele and singing “Folsom Prison Blues.”

The car show on Saturday had 30 old cars sparkling in the sun. First-place winners were Ray and Doug Stowers, second was Mike and Diane Patterson, and third was Dwight and Lorinda Hughes. Then we danced to High Street until midnight.


We were entertained with live music from Dub and Dave and from Ken Harris and Carmel Crock, as well as DJ Scribbles spinning tunes throughout the weekend.

Main Street Hair open house is today, Wednesday, July 30. At 5:30 p.m. (MDT). Stop by and check out all they have to offer there such as hair care, manicures and pedicures, massages and joy!

ASK is on another fun-filled adventure to Silverwood. The dates are Tuesday, Aug. 5, and Wednesday, Aug. 6. Tickets are available for purchase: Prices are 3–7 years ($14.99), 8–64 years ($19.99), 2 and younger and 65 and older (free). Call ASK (628-2770) or Rhonda (628-3493).

Hat Ranch Winery and Vineyards is sponsoring a Sip ‘n Float Aug. 30 at Wild Rivers Adventures in Riggins. Call 995-0181 to make reservations.

Sending out kudos to Jim Follwell, school maintenance man, for keeping the lawns at the Riggins Elementary School and at the Salmon River High School so green and groomed… they look absolutely wonderful!

A huge thank you goes out to Ross Campbell for tending the Riggins City Park lawn… it is beautiful and green and lush… It made a perfect setting for Hot Summer Nights celebration. Thanks!

School is just around the bend… school pictures, both class pictures and individual pictures, will be taken Thursday, Sept. 4 at Riggins Elementary from 8:30-10 a.m. Younger kids are invited to come to the Riggins Elementary for pictures before 10 a.m.

The Riggins Salmon Run — “A foot race along the beautiful Salmon River” – will be held Sept. 13 in Riggins. This is a family-friendly event offering multiple distances including a kids’ fun run for children ages 3-6. Half marathon $40, start time: 9 a.m. (MT); 10K $30, start time: 9:30 a.m. (MT); 5K $20, start time: 10 a.m. (MT).

Register now for the Riggins Salmon Run on Ultra SignUp.

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