GRANGEVILLE Break out the cowboy boots, hats and Levis — the 105th Annual Grangeville Border Days events are set to take place Friday through Monday, July 1-4.
With $13,800 in added money plus entry fees, the Border Days Rodeo will kick in its heels opening night, Friday, July 1, 7 p.m., with Family Night. Parents and their minor children get in for $25 and no alcohol seating is available. Note that rodeo slack time is 1 p.m. with free admission.
Saturday, July 2, the rodeo will start at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 3, the rodeo also starts at 6 p.m. and will include a special “Pink Out the Stands” night to aid in cancer awareness. For everyone who wears pink to the rodeo, Grangeville Border Days will donate $1 to a local cancer fund.
Something new to the rodeos this year in lieu of the calf scramble will be the chicken scramble. Three chickens will be released in the arena, each chicken with a ribbon that will stand for a different monetary amount. Kids 6 through 12 will be able to run around and try to nab a chicken for cash.
Wild horse races will take place all three days of the rodeo with the fastest time throughout all three rodeos winning buckles and added money sponsored by Ray Holes Saddle Company.
After the rodeos July 2 and 3, a free concert with “The Hitmen” will be presented.
Admission prices: $10, age 12 and older, $5 under age 12, under 6 free.
The rodeo is sanctioned by Idaho Cowboys Association, Pro-West, and NPRA. Rodeo stock is provided by Gold Buckle Rodeo out of Roosevelt, Wash.
The annual raffle will offer a $1,000 first prize, $300 second prize (sponsored by Quality Heating) and $150 third prize (sponsored by LeAnne’s Flower and Garden Center).Tickets are $2 apiece and winners will be drawn at the July 3 rodeo.
2017 Border Days royalty tryouts were held June 28. Winners will be announced at the July 3 rodeo. A visiting royalty luncheon will be held at the Eagles Hall on C Street following the July 4 parade (about noon). To RSVP call or text 983-8286.
Major rodeo sponsors include Gortsema Motors, Les Schwab Tire Center, Asker’s Harvest Foods, CHS Primeland, Grangeville Super 8 Motel and Buds PowerSports.
This year’s parades, with the theme of “Home Sweet Home,” will take place Friday and Saturday, July 2 and 3, at 2 p.m., and at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 4. The royalty luncheon for all visiting royalty will be held at the Eagles Aerie building on C Street directly following the parade on July 4.
This year’s grand marshal, Wayne James, will lead the parade along with Border Days Committee members and Queen Maggie Chmelik and Princess Hailey Russell.
To enter the parade, call Tanner Maynard at 451-1003.
The Kiddies Parade is set for Sunday, July 4, prior to the main parade with sign-up at the courthouse lawn.
Saturday night, July 2, following the rodeo, the country western band from Lewiston, Coltrain, will be entertaining the crowd.
Sunday, July 3, also following the rodeo, the country rock band The Hitmen will perform.
Free admission is offered to all the above musical events.
The cowboy breakfast will be held July 2, 3 and 4, 6 to 11 a.m., at the Masonic Temple Lodge at Main and Hall streets. This is sponsored by Lodges No. 9 and 87, out of Mt. Idaho and Kooskia, respectively. This all-you-can eat breakfast features ham, pancakes and eggs as well as beverages.
Street sports, including the Super Egg Toss, are scheduled for July 2, 3 and 4, on Main Street, at 9 a.m. each day.
The Toy Scramble, sponsored by Grangeville Health and Rehab., will be held July 2, following Street Sports. Children age for 6 and younger will be given bags and then invited to scramble for a variety of toys, coins and candy.
Art in the Park will fill Pioneer Park Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact Jamie at Grangeville Centennial Library, 983-0951, for vendor information. Walking Tacos will be for sale from Trinity Lutheran Church parishioners starting at 10 a.m., and old-fashioned strawberry shortcake from the Methodist Church will be available starting at 11 a.m.
The annual Firecracker Fun Run is set for Saturday, July 2. Sign up at Main and State streets at 6:45 a.m. The race starts at 7:45 a.m. Call Joanne at 507-0720.
The Hole in the Wall Art Show, sponsored by Central Idaho Art Association, is set for July 2 and 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Ray Holes Mini Mall.
Bicentennial Historical Museum on College will provide a variety of historic displays and will be open July 2, 3 and 4, 1 to 5 p.m.
The Camas Prairie Cruisers will offer a free car show Sunday, July 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., next to Pioneer (city) Park (Ray Powell’s home). All cars are welcome. Call Annelle at 983-2333.
A mini carnival will be held at Heritage Square throughout the week and will include a bouncy house, 25-foot slide and mechanical bull as well as other games, the Grangeville Volunteer Fire Department’s fish pond and a variety of food and merchandise vendors.
Fireworks will be held Monday, July 4, 10 p.m., at the Grangeville High School football field.
For details and to check schedules for any last-minute changes, go to www.grangevilleborderdays.org.