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Riggins News: Rodeo, parade set for this weekend


Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— The 69th annual Riggins Rodeo, Cowboy Boots and Country Roots,” is this weekend Saturday and Sunday May 6 and 7 with Queen Phoebe Rupp of Riggins and her Princess Jillian Lee Hausladen of Grangeville leading the way for lots of western action! Dave Wilson is this year’s Honorary Grand Marshall. Dave was a huge part of the Salmon River Cowboys Association for many years and helped make the Riggins Rodeo what it is today. Dave died in December, but will continue to be a part of the Riggins Rodeo forever. Hats off to the Salmon River Cowboy Association for its thoughtful recognition of a man who gave so much of himself and his time fueled by his love for people to The Riggins Rodeo and to the Salmon River Cowboy Association.

The shows begin at 1:30 each day featuring the grand entry, then on to saddle broncs, calf roping, team roping, bull riding, bareback riding, barrel racing, ranch bronc, and wild cow milking; tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 7-12, free for those younger than 6.

The Riggins Rodeo Cowboy breakfast featuring pancakes, bacon, and eggs will be served at the Riggins Community Center, former IOOF Hall, from 6-10 a.m., Sunday, May 7.

Riggins Rodeo Parade will begin at 11 a.m. MST Sunday, May 7. Participants meet in the City Park at 10 a.m., MST; sign up with parade chairman Glenna McClure. Jeannie Fitch will once again be announcing the parade…this year from the 7 Devils Steakhouse and Saloon.

The Salmon River Cowboy Association is selling tickets for a beautiful bookshelf made from the wooden bleachers that were just torn down at the rodeo arena; those were replaced with new metal bleachers just in time for the 2017 Rodeo. The bookshelf is on display at the Riggins Umpqua Bank. Donations will also be graciously accepted to help finance the new bleachers.

Bingo will be held at the Riggins Community Center tonight, Wednesday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. Adults 21 and older are welcome to join in on the fun. Money prizes are awarded; Come on out and have a good time while you are helping support our senior citizen group.

Teacher Appreciation Week in Riggins is Monday-Thursday May 8-11.

Salmon River Community Church will hold its annual Spaghetti Feed and Auction fund-raiser Friday, May 12, 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Benefit senior citizens through ‘Idaho Gives’ campaign

RIGGINS — Salmon River Senior Citizens Group is participating in the “Idaho Gives May 4th” sponsored by Idaho Nonprofit Foundation. This event is held statewide for all non-profit organizations to get people to donate to their favorite non-profit organization. Go to the on-line web site at to donate to our Senior Citizen Group.

The annual Sacred Salmon Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 13, up the Big Salmon.

“Kids Get Cooking” free classes are being held in the Riggins Community Center for parents and kids to have fun cooking together every Tuesday. The 4 p.m. class is for Pre-K through 3rd grade; the 5 p.m. class is for 4th grade and up through teens. Contact Linda Hieter.

Riggins Elementary Spring Fling, Art Show, Book Fair, Appreciation Dinner and ASK Talent Show is next Thursday, May 11. Everyone is invited to attend. The annual Book Fair will then be moved to the Riggins Elementary Library Monday-Friday May 15-18. This year they will be able to accept credit cards for the book fair as well as having online shopping at their online book fair. Go to starting May 3 to shop at your leisure.

Hikin’ for Healthy Hooters, The Walk for the Cancer Cure, will be held Saturday, May 20, at a new location…Miners Supply…located at the north end of Pollock Road. The walk/run/jog will be run the same as in past years with the same delicious hamburgers as the end of the hike, only we will be going the opposite direction. There will be silent bidding items as well as the annual quilt raffle.

The Pinehurst Quilters are raffling the king-size quilt now displayed at Pine Tree. Tickets are $5 each and are available at Pine Tree Community Credit Union, Idaho Banana Co, Tourist Trap Consignment & Gift Shop, and from members of the Quilters Club. Contact Nightfeather 628-3633 or Patty Solberg 628-2394.

SRHS Senior dates to save: Monday May 22- baccalaureate, 7 p.m, Thursday May 25 awards night, and Friday, May 26 – graduation, 7 p.m., open to families and community members.

The Salmon River Community Church will hold its annual Memorial Day Yard Sale Friday and Saturday May 27 and 28. If you have items you would like to donate, call Pastor Jim to pick them up…or you can drop items off at the back door of the church.

Our dear friend and longtime Salmon River resident, Oliver Don Ader, died in April. He and Lola had moved away several years ago, but their presence was still felt here in Riggins. There will be a graveside service for Don in Cambridge June 17, 2 p.m., for family and friends. He will long be remembered by his sweet smile and kind ways.

Riggins Big Water Blow Out Festival, a celebration of Idaho’s longest free-flowing river, will be held Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m. -10 p.m.

Paula Tucker’s Volleyball Camp for ages K-12 graders, sponsored by the After School Kids Club, is scheduled for June 5-7. Contact ASK 628-2770.

Paula Tucker’s basketball camp for boys and girls will be held June 12-15 at the Salmon River High School. Grades K-2 will meet from 9-10 a.m. for $10; grades 3rd-8th will meet 9 a.m. to noon for $20; high school students will meet 5:30-7 p.m., for $20. Each eligible participant will receive a free ticket to Silverwood. Sign up via email or call Coach Tucker at 630-4997.


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