As of Tuesday, August 9, 2016
ELK CITY Well, Elk City Days is finally almost here! The grand marshals are none other than Bob and Jackie Mackie. For those of you who are new to the community, Bob and Jackie have been here for many years. They started a puppet group when my kids were younger and the group would go to churches in the county and put on puppet shows. Bob and Jackie made the staging equipment, recorded the music and voices, made the puppets, conducted the practices, and made the contacts for performances. In other words, they did it all; several of us families supplied the kids. And they are still working with the kids at the school. Perhaps you have been to some of the performances. They are so much fun to watch. Thank you Bob and Jackie for all you have done and are doing for the community. Oh, by the way, Bob has been the park committee chairman and worked hard at keeping the Elk City Community Park nice looking and user-friendly. Oh yes, they also help raise money to support the ongoing projects that the ECAA does (for instance, the medical clinic, airport, park, community hall, etc.) by putting on and/or helping with the bake sales. I’m sure I could go on but you get my point. It’s great to honor people like this whenever we can.
Now for the Elk City Days Schedule: Raffle tickets go on sale Friday and Saturday to benefit the VFW and are available at the VFW for a CVA .50 cal muzzleloader.
Library to be closed Aug. 17
ELK CITY — Elk City Community and School Library will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 17. Hopefully everyone will be attending the Idaho County Fair. School starts Tuesday, Aug. 23, and the library will be open after school on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 5 p.m.
The drawing will be Saturday at 4 p.m. Chicken Walk numbers will be available both days as well and the prize will be 50/50 split between the winner and the Elk City Area Alliance. Buy tickets at the ECAA taco stand. The Sew Help Me Quilt Club will raffle a quilt this year to raise money to buy fabric to make Quilts of Valor for our veterans, among other activities. Tickets are available at the store or from a club member.
Your palate will have some choices when your stomach tells you to eat. The Fire Department will have a food concession stand and feature sausage with chili or sauerkraut or barbecue beef sandwiches, scones, and soda. Or you can go to the taco stand sponsored by the Elk City Area Alliance to eat tacos with all the fixings, tortilla chips and sodas. Both stands will be open between 4 and 7 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Added to the choices on Saturday is the hamburger stand at the VFW hall from noon until 6 p.m.
Friday: Kids Parade starts at 5 p.m. with registration starting at 4:30 in front of the post office. Here’s your chance to shine, kids! The town baseball game begins at 6 p.m. between the Forest Service and town folks up at the Elk City School ball field. Karaoke starts at the VFW at 9 p.m.
Saturday: VFW Auxiliary breakfast is from 7 to 10:30 a.m. and features sausage, scrambled eggs, pancakes, etc. at the VFW kitchen. Ping Pong Ball Drop will be at 9 a.m. up at the Elk City Airport. Get up there kids to get your ping pong ball and prizes. Quilt show starts at 10 a.m. across the street from the post office at the LaMar Johnson residence. The Grand Parade will start at 11 a.m. Assemble on Main Street above the post office.
Auction to benefit scholarship fund
ELK CITY – The raffle tickets for the annual Elk City VFW Auxiliary Auction go on sale Friday through Saturday to help raise funds for a scholarship. The drawing will be Saturday at 4 p.m.
The auxiliary raises money each year to offer a scholarship to students who have resided and attended school for at least one year in Elk City, graduated from high school and are registered as full-time student in a school of higher learning.
Auction items will include: An upright piano by Cable Co. of Chicago; a floor model electronic poker machine; microwave cabinet; small antique desk; three-piece coffee and end table set; Warm Glo unvented propane heater; kerosene camp heater; two trolling motors; antique cast iron cannons; antique Tonka toys, miniature cars, pop bottles, and cans (some still full); Epson Photo Printer; K-2 child size skis and poles; three sets of adult skis and boots; one snowboard and boots; plus a whole trailer load of miscellaneous household items, children’s toys and games (new in box) and items donated by local businesses.
Items are located in front of the VFW Post 8311 building.
Registration starts at 10 a.m. so be sure to be there in plenty of time. The Kids Sawdust Dig goes from noon to 6 p.m. at the VFW parking lot. Here’s your chance to dig for buried treasure. Registration for the Logging Show and Contest starts at 12:30 p.m. with the contest starting at 1 p.m. Enjoy entering or watching the rolling Pin Toss, Choker Setting, Crosscut and Power Saw events, and Wood Splitting. Some events are open to all ages. From noon to 1 p.m. there will be a youth scavenger hunt that will cover ground between the Laundromat and the Baptist church. This section of Main Street will be closed during this event. Youth games will be taking place from 1 to 4 p.m. at Elk Creek Station. At 3 p.m. there will be a live auction sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary at the VFW hall. A Horseshoe Tournament will be ongoing at the Saloon parking lot between 3 and 8 p.m. Live music by Joe Wood and Co., at the Saloon from 8 p.m. There will be a special program honoring all veterans with a presentation by Linda Lanier of Darby, Mont., at the Elk City School gym at 5 p.m. This event is also sponsored by the VFW post.
And if you have read this far, e-mail me about your favorite event from this year’s celebration, or any year for that matter. I will share them with the readers of this column. I will also share with you an event I think would have been exciting to watch if we could be transported back to Elk City to the year of 1917.
Meetings: VFW & Auxiliary on the 11th; Food Bank on the 16th.
Birthdays: Bryn Parker