Marty Gill, 5 and Michelle “Shelley” Gill (Neal), 3, are seen here in their homemade chaps, crafted by mom, Midge, in the spring of 1967. The duo’s dad, Melvin, is the Border Days grand marshal for 2017.
As of Tuesday, June 20, 2017
GRANGEVILLE This year’s Border Days rodeos are all night rodeos, which seems to be crowd pleasers. Rodeos are going to be July 1, 2 and 3, all at 6 p.m.
Sunday, July 2, will be family night, there will be a “no alcohol” seating section available. On Monday, July 3, it’s a “Pink Out the Stands” night. The Border Days Committee is raising money to support local cancer charities. For everyone wearing something pink the committee will donate $1 to a local cancer charity.
Speaking of the Border Days committee, did you know Brad Arnzen is celebrating his 30th year as a volunteer on the committee? If you see him, be sure to thank him for his years of work in helping to make Border Days all it is for the community.
Did you hear the news that Shiznits will have two food trailers open during Border Days? Aside from their regular trailer in the old Ernie’s parking lot (by Soltman Center across from Syringa Hospital), they will have a trailer downtown.
Justin Sickels, a 2016 Grangeville High School graduate, will be running the trailer as an internship to allow him to graduate from the Northwest Culinary Institute in Vancouver, Wash., in July.
“We are excited to be able to offer this experience to Justin and have him run his own crew,” said Shiznits owners Sheila Arznen and Tyler Bransford.
Check out the unique Shiznits menu as well as the traditional Lions burgers, Bulldog Booster longdogs and the Alder’s scones and shaved ice.
The Triple Bar Drill Team will perform at all three rodeos. These girls have spent many early mornings and long nights riding and practicing since May. Members are First leader, Colby Canaday (member since 1998); Shotgunner, Jillian Hausladen (member since 2010; Riggins Rodeo Princess); First leader, Camden Barger (member since 2010); Shotgunner, Bella Klapprich (member since 2013); Second leader, Micaela Farris (member since 2013; Border Days Princess); Second leader, Macenzie Farris (member since 2013); Kaylee Page (member since 2014; Triple Bar Drill Team Queen); Kayliana Shaw (member since 2014; Triple Bar Drill Team First Princess); Elli Klapprich (member since 2016); Brittney Benevidez (member since 2016; Triple Bar Drill Team Second Princess); and Reece Bernard (member since 2016). Summer visitor Elizabeth Winkles also rides with the team.
The Old Time Fiddlers will play at Pioneer Park in the pavilion Tuesday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Need a way to keep cool and keep the kids busy during the weekend? The Grangeville City Pool at Pioneer Park will be open its regular hours Saturday, July 1, and Sunday, July 2: 1 to 5 p.m., as well as regular hours on Monday, July 3, closing early at 7 p.m. that night. The pool will be closed July 4.
New to this year’s rodeos will be the Wild Stick Horse Race. Children ages 6 – 8 years old will ride a stick horse and have a race during the rodeo. This is limited to 15 kids who sign up for all three nights. The fastest time during all three days will win a buckle sponsored by Farris Transport of Grangeville. The same 15 children will compete all three days at the rodeo. A $5 per entry fee is required. Contact Amy Farris at 507-0487 to sign up. All proceeds will go to the Border Days Royalty Court for help with expenses incurred as they represent the Border Days Rodeos.
FYI, the Grangeville recycling site will be closed on July 1 for the holiday weekend. Be sure to watch for recycling containers for your aluminum cans and plastic bottles at the Border Days rodeo.