GRANGEVILLE – Despite some high temperatures during the annual Border Days celebration, friends and family gathered at events each day, making the best of the heat.
According to the online site “Weather Underground,” Grangeville just barely broke a record on July 4 with a temperature of 94.5 degrees; it was 94 degrees in 1970.
Street sports always draws a crowd as kids run not just for the chance at a 50-cent piece or a cash prize, but also for the fun of it.
“I just tripped a little at the start,” smiled Trey Dreadfulwater, showing his grandparents, Rich and Becky Workman, what he did. He had his $1 third-place prize in a run that had more than 35 participants, but Grandpa’s prize was a little better.
“Thanks Grandpa,” Dreadfulwater grinned after Rich pulled two crisp $5 bills from his wallet and handed them to his grandson.
The popular Super Egg Toss, sponsored by the Border Days Committee and the Elks, drew a plethora of participants all three days, for a total of 3,006 people tossing eggs on Main Street.
It was a family affair in the winner’s arenas this year.
Friday, July 3, brought 1,152 people to the streets where winners were Idaho County boys Bryan Laufenberg and Kallan Shira.
“I’ve been doing this since I was just a little kid,” said Laufenberg. However, Shira, his cousin and tossing partner, has only participated a few years.
The streets were littered with shells Saturday, July 4, when 1,200 people participated in the toss. Winners for this day were Grangeville’s Joe Green and his brother-in-law, Greg May, of Vancouver, Wash.
“I’ve been coming about 10 years – this is definitely the first time winning,” grinned May.
Sunday, July 5, saw less people downtown with just 654 people participating in the toss. However, what may have been considered “luck” may have turned into “skill” as partners Laufenberg and Shira took the prize again this third day.
Recent Grangeville High School graduate Drew Lindsley used his drone to film the egg toss July 4. The video of this is available on YouTube and can also be accessed through the Free Press Facebook page.
Held for one day, Friday, July 3, the Camas Prairie Cruisers car show drew more than 23 classic and collectible vehicles dating from a 1924 Dodge truck up into the 1970’s muscle cars.
“I like the old cars, the parade, the fireworks,” said John Cairns of Seattle, who was visiting his friend, Roger Kulp of Grangeville, who added he also had a nice time at the car show and “I enjoy the parade the most.”
“It’s nice to see people coming into town and enjoying themselves,” Kulp continued, adding that Grangeville should hold more events as a draw: “I think they underutilize the rodeo grounds.”
Visiting her family, Abe and Joy Boegelsack of Grangeville, was Tamara Boegelsack of Redmond, Ore., with her husband, Chris, daughters Paige and Kayla, son Cooper and his friend Cypres, son-in-law Davis and grandson Jesse.
“We come every summer and visit,” Tamara said, adding that this is their first trip during Border Days. She had two observations that are often commented on by first-timers to the event.
“It’s interesting. We were really surprised with all of the eggs on the road,” she said. “… We were surprised to see so many people saving places along the street for the parade, so, it must be a pretty big parade.”
Tamara and her family come from a small town, she said, “And this is a really nice, small town.”
Staked out along the July 3 parade route by College Street was Amanda Rehder of Cottonwood, with her four children: Samuel, 5, Dominic, 4, and Amelia, 2, and Leo, six months. This time is doubly special for the Rehders (she is married to husband, Chris) as the three oldest were born, respectively, on July 5th, 4th and 3rd.
“We usually come over every year for Border Days, except when I’m having a baby on the same day,” she smiled.
Triple Bar Drill Team sported new red shirts and girls of all ages riding their horses. Even with a couple of small equipment snafus – a loose cinch and a broken rein – things moved smoothly as problems were quickly fixed and girls were able to ride back into formation.
“I’m really proud of the girls – they all did a great job,” said drill team announcer Amy Farris.
For Finnley Erne, 4, of Billings, Mont., this Border Days rodeo was his first, and he enjoyed it with annual wild horse race contestants Chance Paul, Shane Paul and his uncle, Sam Sturlin. Sturlin and the Pauls won it last Saturday, but Finnley said the bull riding is his favorite.