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Elk City News - Dixie Days set for Aug. 6, 7


Jamie Edmondson Elk City 842-2452

This year’s 105th Dixie Days celebration is coming up fast – Aug. 6 and 7. They are selling raffle tickets at $20 for 20 tickets with the raffle prizes to be a 180 Stihl chain saw and a handmade quilt. Get in on the drawing to be held Aug. 7 at 11 a.m.

Saturday’s activities include the following: a bake sale which begins at 9 a.m. All donations of baked goods are greatly appreciated. You can drop them off at the community center between 8:30 and 9 a.m. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a photo contest but you need to have your photo in before 9 a.m. Family games will be running from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Dixie Park including the following: a cake walk with donations for the cake walk at $1 each time you participate; an egg toss; a three-legged race; a tug-o-war with the forest service; the Ducky Derby held at Crooked Creek. After the Ducky Derby the baseball game will begin. Sign-up for teams for the horse shoe contest will start at 11 a.m. The cost will be $10 per team. Bingo will begin at 2 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a silent auction set up in the community center.

Whew! Sounds like a full 2 days of fun and adventure! But wait, there’s more…

If you are interested in setting up a vendor booth or making donations for the silent auction, call Toni or Dennis at 842-2438 or email Toni at Food will be available starting at 11 a.m., to include fish and chips, hamburgers, hot dogs and snow cones.

From 4 until 11 p.m., there will be a street dance with music by Joaquin and Verna Lowe and Dave Dixon (donations would be appreciated to help with the cost of the band). Bar food will be available in the community center.

Plans under way for Elk City Days

ELK CITY — Preparations are under way for Elk City Days. The Kids’ Parade kicks it off on Friday evening at 5 p.m., followed by the baseball game between the Forest Service and local residents. If we’re fortunate enough not have our teams pulled away to fight fires somewhere, the game is always lots of fun.

If interested in having a booth in Elk City during “the Days,” vendors can call Lyn Krzeminski, 842-2282.

Well kids, have you come up with a good idea for the Kids’ Parade for Elk City Days? You don’t have much time. How about some of you draw the rocks being blown up on a large piece of poster board and walk in the parade displaying your artistic talents? The Elk City Days Kids’ Parade is Friday, Aug. 12, with registration at 4:30 p.m. The parade starts at 5 p.m.

All of the above will take place on Saturday, the 6th. On Sunday, Aug. 7, there will be a benefit breakfast put on by Steve and Rita Repp from 9 to 11 a.m. Adults $5; kids 5-12 years old $3; younger than 5 free.

Lyn Krzeminski share: “Sixteen vehicles arrived in Elk City Sunday afternoon, July 16, via the historic Clearwater to Elk City Wagon Road. Leaving Clearwater around 9 a.m., the travelers stopped along the way at the sites of the old way stations such as Mountain House, Corral Hill, and Mud Springs where they were met by hosts who related the history at each location. The annual journey is sponsored by Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road Committee in Clearwater. The organization is dedicated to preserving the history and maintaining the old road over the mountains that was the lifeline for equipment and supplies to the gold fields of Elk City, Dixie, and the Buffalo Hump region. Arriving in Elk City around 3:45 p.m., most of the travelers stayed awhile in town enjoying the hospitality at VFW Wilderness Post 8311 and the Elk City Saloon and Café.” [ If you have never made this trip, plan on it next year!-Jamie’s recommendation.]

Fire Department meeting will be Aug. 4 at the USFS Conference room, 7 p.m. Anyone interested in being part of the Fire Department is urged to attend.

Every small town needs a rumor now and then to keep things interesting. Normally, I check them out but thought I would let you, my readers, do the work. I have had a couple of people ask me about a community tractor. Do we have one in Elk City? And if so, where did it come from, where is it now, what are the conditions of use, do we really have “farmers/ farming” going on, etc., (besides the meadow in Elk City). Email me if you discover the answer. Thanks.

Meetings: Water & Sewer on the 2nd.

Birthdays: Mark Coyne

History: The Southern Nez Perce Trail, aka Magruder Corridor or the Montana Road, became important again after the wildfires of 1910, 1919, and 1934. The Forest Service, under the Civilian Conservation Corps, constructed a road from the Bitterroot Valley to Elk City following this ancient path. There are 3 spurs off this road, one going to the Magruder Ranger Station, the second to Paradise Guard Station, and the third goes to the lookout tower on Hell’s Half Acre (information shared thus far gleaned from records from Red River Ranger Station). There is also an historical marker where the Magruder murders took place.


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