Riggins News: Healthy Hooter hike set for Pollock Saturday


Stick horse races are a tradition at the Riggins Rodeo. These little girls were galloping along Sunday, May 8.

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Stick horse races are a tradition at the Riggins Rodeo. These little girls were galloping along Sunday, May 8.

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Parade results

RIGGINS — Riggins Rodeo Parade was held Sunday, May 8. Results are as follows:

Theme Float: 1st, Idaho County Fair Royalty; 2nd, Salmon River Catering.

Royalty: 1st, Riggins Rodeo Royalty; 2nd, Valley County Fair and Rodeo Royalty.

Novelty: 1st, Salmon River Electric; 2nd, Nathaniel and Deanna Davis with Riley on a covered wagon.

Vintage Auto: 1st, Buzz Hardy; 2nd, Ross Campbell.

Cowboy older than 18: Rodeo Clown.

Cowgirl younger than 18: Avery Jones.

Youngest Cowboy: 1-1/2-year-old Cactus Merrill.

Youngest Cowgirl: 3-1/2-year-old Kaylyn Merrill.

Judges choice in Royalty: Kooskia Saddliers Queen McKenzie Cruson.

Judges choice for theme float: Grand Marshals on horse-drawn buggy— Buck and Jeannie Fitch.

— My Sweet Sixteen quote of the week is “Mother’s Day is really every day of the year; however, it is really nice to set aside one day of the year to especially honor our mothers.”

All ladies are invited to the annual Mother’s Day Tea, “Beauty Within,” at the Salmon River Community Church this Friday, May 13, at 2 p.m. in the fellowship room. Jeannie Fitch will be the speaker, and ladies of the church will prepare the tea goodies. See you there.

Hikin’ for Healthy Hooters, Salmon River Canyon cancer fund-raiser, will be held this Saturday, May 14, in Pollock at 10 a.m. Participants will begin and end at the Little Salmon Lodge, 121 Old Pollock Road with the annual delicious barbecue. Their annual silent auction will be ongoing. The Pinehurst Quilters have donated a beautiful elk quilt. Tickets can be purchased at Tourist Trap Consignment and Gift Shop, or from Bernice Morell, Linda Ryska, Patty Solberg, or Jeannie Fitch as well as at the event that day. See you there.

Lola Gordon will be honored on her 90th birthday with an open house celebration at the Salmon River Lodge this Saturday, May 14, from 2-5 p.m. The family asks friends to stop by and help Lola celebrate.

Salmon River Community Church will honor the Salmon River High School Class of 2016 at their Senior Baccalaureate Tuesday, May 24. Time will be announced next week.

Salmon River graduation for the class of 2016 will take place Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. (MST) at the Salmon River High School.

The Riggins City Council is pleased to acknowledge the volunteer efforts of one of our Salmon River Savage students… Ryan Simonson. Ms. Mayes from the high school commented, “Soon-to-be Salmon River High School graduate, Ryan, demonstrates the utmost citizenship in her volunteer work both in and out of school. Her passion and commitment to education, sports, FFA, BPA, NHS, and rodeo have culminated in various volunteer opportunities both in the school and in the community. Through her volunteerism and dedication to her organizations, she demonstrates leadership, hard work and passion. These are all traits that will carry over to her college and future career endeavors. Additionally, Ryan is seen as a role model in her school and has made a positive impact on all those around her.” In the fall, Ryan plans on attending Lewis-Clark State College, where she will pursue a career in education. Good luck, Ryan!

Here is my special bird’s eye view of bits of the Riggins Rodeo and parade featuring the grand marshals, Buck and Jeannie Fitch. More detailed news will be found elsewhere in this week’s Free Press. Saturday May 7, Buck and Jeannie were honored in style as grand marshals of the 68th Riggins Rodeo with their driver, Janice, and helper, Steve, driving a late 1800s mountain wagon, a beautiful black wagon with bright red wheels pulled by her sweet horse, Jezzebel! Riggins Royalty Queen Macenzie Farris and Princess Emily Diaz and flag girls led the way circling the arena then stayed in center. Buck and Jeannie were next in their wagon with a sweet horse and their driver, Janice, and her helper, Steve as they took a half trip round the arena and found their place in the center. Then Jenna carried the American flag as the National Anthem began, and she rounded the arena three times, as the rest of us were at attention in salute to the American flag …it was beautiful! The royalty and flag girls rounded the arena once again, and then Buck and Jeannie made their way to the gate. What a great feeling to be part of such a grand event! The rodeo followed with great action all afternoon.

Sunday, May 8, Buck and Jeannie Fitch were honored in style as grand marshals of the 68th Riggins parade with their same sweet horse and beautiful wagon driven by Janice with helper, Steve. What a grand ride through Main Street with their family and friends waving and yelling congratulations all the way …Janice and Steve were just super! A memory they will long remember! The Riggins Royalty Queen Macenzie Farris and Princess Emily Diaz followed the grand marshals through town.

Buck and Jeannie were featured in the Riggins Rodeo grand entry again. They climbed into the wagon to make their final rodeo grand entry ride; everyone entered in the same order as Saturday but from the opposite end or the arena and the visiting royalty made their grand run around the arena and out. The flag girls handed carnations to all the mothers for Mother’s Day before going into the arena for the grand entry and then they each made their run around and waited in the center. Buck and Jeannie rode in in their wagon waving to the crowd and circled the arena then stayed in the center. Jenna circled the arena three times while the Star Spangled Banner played in the forefront and found her place in the center, and then a great honoring in today’s show, the “Empty Saddle” honoring Larry Clay, the last of the first, the original cowboys, of Salmon River Cowboys Assn. Larry’s son, Rick, led his father’s empty saddle around the arena stopping to give his mother, Hazel, two carnations — one for her and one honoring his father as well. Then Riggins Royalty Queen Macenzie Ferris and Princess Emily Diaz and flag girls rounded the arena and out. Buck and Jeannie made their last round, climbed down from the wagon, waved at the crowd, walked quickly to their seats to see the first calf rider of the day, as their grandson, Finn, made his first calf ride! What a day! Their family greeted them with smiles, “congrats,” and a Mother’s Day carnation to Jeannie from her daughter, Julie! They enjoyed the rodeo, the family, the friends, the animals and the hamburgers! What a grand weekend! They were even interviewed by Channel 7 in Boise who is going to present a quick “take” of some of the rodeo action Wednesday at 6 p.m. so be sure to check it out or go to Facebook, it will soon be on there.

Church yard sale is May 27, 28

RIGGINS — Salmon River Community Church will hold its annual Memorial Day yard sale Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28. If you have something you would like to donate, just drop it off at the church under the covered ramp area in the back. No clothing.

Salmon River Community Church will hold its annual Memorial Day yard sale Friday, May 28, and Saturday, May 29. If you have something you would like to donate, just drop it off at the church under the covered ramp area in the back. No clothing, please. Thank you for your donations ahead of time.

Don Eckford lost his black four-wheeler seat between Hoot’s and Riggins Sunday, May 1. It blew out of his pickup. He did drive back looking for it, but didn’t find it. If you do find it, call him at 628-4190.

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