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Corral Dust: Border Days news from the Ole' Cowpoke

This is it! It’s Border Days week, set to start this Friday, July 1, with family night at the rodeo, and run through Monday, July 4, with fireworks at 10 p.m.

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Veterans and active military members, stop by Walking Tacos during Art in the Park, Monday, July 4, and get a free taco. The booth is sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church in Grangeville and its TLC4Vets program.

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We have seen a lot of work going on at the Border Days Arena during the past few months and especially the past few weeks. Border Day committee members Brad Arnzen was seen fixing lights and Justin DeFord was busy painting gates and making them look nice for this weekend’s events. Those are just two of the members who have been hard at work to make the event a success.

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Did you hear? Stanley Cup winner and Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ian Cole will be in Grangeville this Border Days and will be in the parade Saturday, July 2 and at Pioneer Park, Elizabeth Rockwell Brown told the Free Press. Cole, who is her nephew by marriage to her niece, Jordan Rockwell, wears No. 28 and scored a goal during the National Hockey League championship final series.

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The sixth annual GHS all class reunion will be held Sunday, July 3, at the Grangeville Gun Club following the parade. The reunion is open to anyone who attended, taught or graduated from GHS. Bring your own food; tables and chairs provided. Pictures and yearbooks welcome.

Call Debbie Koole Carrell, class of 1967, 866-8571, or class of 1970 class member Randy Wells, 699-7474 or e-mail randy@rasnw.com. See additional reunion information in this week’s special Border Days section.

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The Grangeville Dolphins Swim Team will host a dunk tank during Art in the Park Monday, July 4. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., stop by with a donation and dunk someone (that’s always fun!) Funds will be used to purchase a new reel to keep the wade ropes on.

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Grangeville American Legion Post 37 is sponsoring a Walk for Vets each day during the Border Days Parade. This is a National American Legion Event established by National Commander Dale Barnett to raise community awareness for veterans. All community members are invited to participate.

T-shirts are available for purchase at the temporary location of the Grangeville Vets Center at 318 E. Main for $10 each. All profits go to the National Emergency Fund for American Legion Veterans. T-shirts are not required but encouraged for the parade and may be purchased to support veterans even if not participating in the parade.

Hours of operation for the Grangeville Vets Center — where $3 root beer floats will also be available are: Saturday, July 2, and Sunday, July 3, noon to 4 p.m., and Monday, July 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact Katrina Bentley at 827-2476.

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Kudos to a “member” of the Border Days Royalty who hasn’t gotten much publicity but is very popular at parades and events: The queen’s border collie, Kelsey. Kelsey walked many parades in all types of weather and never complained a bit. Everyone was always happy to see her and she behaved like an angel. Look for her during the upcoming parades and rodeos.

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Reminder to all present and past GHS Varsity Blue and Band members grades 6-12: meet one hour before parade start times on the float near Palenque’s. Wear shorts and school T-shirt or blue tops. Mrs. Stefani could use set-up help 90 minutes before the parade time at GHS. Students needing instruments or music can check them out any of the three days 90 minutes early at GHS as well. Spread the word and show some Bulldog Pride!

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Thanks to Brad and Char Arnzen, hosts of the Border Days Committee Kick-Off dinner last Saturday night. They cooked/grilled a wonderful meal and attendees had a good time visiting with grand marshal Wayne James and hearing a bit of his history. The royalty had a chance to say what they’ve done this year and president Scott Eldridge received a beautiful belt buckle.

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Be sure to read through this week’s special Border Days section in the Free Press, read about all those who make Border Days happen and schedule out some time to attend events. Have fun and be safe.



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