RIGGINS — Ya’ll come on down to Riggins to the 67th Riggins Rodeo sponsored by the Salmon River Cowboy Association this Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3. Grand marshal is Patty Solberg; Riggins royalty are Queen Bella Klapprich and Princess Ryan Simonson. The rodeo begins at 1:30 each afternoon with lots of action. The annual cowboy breakfast sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce will be served Sunday, May 3, from 6-10 a.m. at the Riggins Community Center just behind Crump’s Chevron. The famous Riggins Rodeo parade with this year’s theme, “The Best Little Canyon Town to Rodeo Down,” sponsored by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce will be Sunday, May 3, at 11 a.m. with yours truly, Jeannie Fitch, announcing and Buck Fitch and LeRoy Shaw helping with lineup. Kudos to all the volunteers who have helped get this rodeo ready and will be volunteering all weekend during the rodeo.
The Idaho Old Time Fiddlers Association, Inc., will hold its annual spring meeting and fiddle jam this Saturday, May 2, at Hoot’s Café in White Bird. Old-time music show begins at 2 p.m. (PDT)/3 p.m. (MDT) followed by a buffet dinner at 5 p.m. (PDT) for $12 per person. Then there will be more music at the old-time dance which begins at 7 p.m. (PDT).
The Vintage Trailers Group with its delightful decorated trailers is holding its spring rendezvous at Swiftwater RV Park just south of White Bird beginning tomorrow, Thursday, April 30, through Sunday, May 3. Everyone is invited to the “Swap ‘n Shop” Friday morning at Swiftwater RV Park as well as to White Bird’s annual community yard sale Saturday, May 2.
The YWCA Purse Auction sponsored by Grangeville YWCA and hosted by The Hangout Café, 603 Front Street, Cottonwood, is this Saturday, May 2, at 4 p.m. (PDT) to help raise funds for the Idaho County and surrounding areas domestic violence victims and sexual assault victims. There will be bags of every description for men, women and children filled with movies, food certificates, and/or other donated items. For information call Grangeville YWCA advocate Kristy Beckstead at 983-0888 or Debbie Schnider at 962-7383.
The children of Ace Barton request your help. “If anyone has found any letters, stories, pictures, at the Riggins dumpster from April 10 - April 20, contact us. There could have been a typed manuscript with historical content, old pictures, mining letters or even original homestead papers attached with it. Pictures were written on, most identified as Wilson or Barton, and could be in sheet protectors. There could have been old letters to his family from WWII, small personal effects from his time in the American Legion. We were not given an opportunity to look through our father’s personal things or even offered them after his passing. A huge thank you and much gratitude and appreciation to those who have found pictures and personal things of our father’s in the dumpster and returned them to his family. Contact Adonna Shepherd or Annette Barton. Thank you!”
“Color the Canyon 5K Run” is Saturday, May 9, sponsored by the Salmon River PTO. The start/finish line will be at the Salmon River Elementary School playground beginning at 10 a.m. $20 for adults and $10 for youth before April 10. The youngest runners will have their run at the playground while the older runners will run thru town. Register online at www.ultrasignup.com or register that morning from 8:30-9:45 a.m. The entry fee includes color dust and a white T-shirt. Bystanders will be able to purchase color dust which is colored cornstarch made especially to throw on the racers as they run their route. Moneys raised will go to support many of the programs the PTO funds. There will also be food and music throughout the day. Color your day and join in on the fun.
The City of Riggins is holding an Arbor Day celebration with the planting of a new tree Monday, May 4, at 10 a.m. in the Riggins City Park. The city was awarded an Arbor Day grant in April. Everyone is welcome to the celebration!
Teacher Appreciation week is next week, May 4-7. Teachers make a huge difference in your children’s lives! “Thank you teachers and staff for all you do for our children here at ASK, Riggins Elementary and Salmon River High School.” Students, thank your teachers for their part in your education and school activities. Parents, take the time to thank your children’s teachers this week for all they do for and with your kids.
Riggins Mayor Glenna McClure declared Thursday, May 14, as Savage Pride Day. Property owners and businesses are urged to show their blue and gold pride to celebrate our Salmon River Savages efforts and accomplishments this year. SRHS is having a Savage Pride Day Assembly and a barbecue honoring our athletes and students on the same day
The Riggins Senior Citizens group is holding a taco feed Friday, May 15, at the Riggins Community Center to help raise funds for a community food pantry building and equipment. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. There will be a bake sale of yummy baked goods by your favorite grannie.
Run for the cure of cancer at the Hikin’ for Healthy Hooters 5k run Saturday, May 16, on the old Pollock Road beginning at the Little Salmon Lodge followed by the annual barbecue. Pick up an entry form at Idaho Banana Company, Salmon River Community Church, Tourist Trap, Umpqua Bank, Pine Tree Credit Union as well as other businesses and have it returned to Patty Solberg as soon as possible with your shirt size. The traditional silent auction of donated items as well as the annual raffle of a beautiful quilt made and donated by the Pinehurst Quilters which is now on display at the Umpqua Bank will be held as well. Quilt tickets can be purchased at Tourist Trap, from Patty Solberg, Nightfeather Boggan, Berneice Morell or Jeannie Fitch. Anyone wanting to donate money or items for the silent auction is asked to contact Patty Solberg.
Get ready for the 11th annual Memorial Day Flea Market at The Idaho Banana Co. Orchard to be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 23, 24 and 25. Contact Mary Lou at the Idaho Banana Co. or call her at 628-3615 if you have “treasures” or baked goods or hand-made items you would like to sell.
The Salmon River Community Church will hold its annual Memorial weekend “yard sale” Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23, in the church parking lot. Any items you would like to donate, call Pastor Jim at 628-4043 for pick up or drop them off at the church on the back ramp.
ASK will hold its baseball games on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5 p.m. at SRHS ball field with the first game yesterday, Tuesday, April 28. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the games and cheer on the ASK kids.
Salmon River Community Church will hold its annual Mother’s Day luncheon, “For Such a Time as This,” Saturday, May 9, at 1 p.m. in the fellowship room. All ladies are invited to attend and asked to bring a salad.
Do you like to play Bridge? The Riggins Bridge Club is looking for more players. Call Patty Solberg at 628-3633 if you are interested.