GRANGEVILLE Grangeville Border Days drew thousands for a midweek celebration start, July 4-6, for parades, rodeos, activities, and socializing. Free Press staff were out talking with participants during these three days for their stories as part of the century-plus-old event.
By Lorie Palmer
It was a year for the natives. The true Grangevilleites. The sturdy, grown-up-tossing-the-egg variety of local men.
Grangeville’s father and son team, Greg and Jesse Stone, won the first day with some terrific athleticism shown in their long tosses. It wasn’t the first time the duo has seen glory, by far.
“We’ve won eight or 10 times – I’ve lost count,” Greg laughed.
“I’ve been doing this my whole life,” said Grangeville High School graduate Jesse.
The second day also went to previous winners: Austin Parks and Cole Lindsley.
“We’ve won a time before,” the friends smiled.
Another father and son team, Craig and Jay Spencer of Grangeville, were not only the winners on Friday, but in a toss-off against the other days’ winners, won the overall prize.
“This is our fourth time together as winners,” the two said.
A secret? The duo has tossed a few golf balls between them for practice.
“But we don’t do much to prepare,” Jay laughed. “We’ve just been doing it for a lot of years.”
The Super Egg Toss saw 1,876 people participate Wednesday, July 4; 1,344 people on the second day, Thursday, July 5; and 1,020 on Friday, July 6.
Matt Jessup of Grangeville and his children brought some special “hard-shelled” Argentine eggs to the toss on Friday, but the trick didn’t help in the end. Still, the family ended the toss with big smiles.
One day, the toss was live-streamed to Guadalajara, Mexico.
“I think that’s a first,” said announcer Mike Johnson.
Street sport foot races saw winners from across the United States, including Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, Utah and Texas.
Jeff and Rebecca Bacon and their fifth-grade daughter, Nicholle, of Garden City, were happy to take in activities on the Fourth, bringing family friends with them.
“Our friend said there is no place to be besides here, in Grangeville, Idaho, today,” Jeff smiled. “He’s right.” They participated in the egg toss, art in the park, downtown fun and parades, as well as spent time with friends Nona Donaldson and her son, Bill.
“We love it here,” the Bacons agreed.
Eric Baldwin of Canby, Ore., was here with a group of 14 from Arizona, Oregon and New York.
Four generations back he had relatives in Grangeville and various members of their family have attended Border Days several times. The group’s ages ranged from 72 on down to 5 years old.
“We’ve done the egg toss, street sports, parade and cowboy breakfast,” Baldwin said. “And we plan to do some golfing.”
By David Rauzi, Editor
“Spending the day together as a family, watching the parade, the food,” said Sandy Zenner of Craigmont, as what they enjoy about Border Days. She was with her daughter, Christy Rosenau of Nezperce and her two children, Caleb, 4, and Lillian, 1, enjoying July 4 at Heritage Square. “Caleb’s priority was the jump house, and the parade for candy.”
“We like to spend the day as a family,” Rosenau said, “and do some fun activities with the kids.”
The family likes to come over for Border Days as they have the chance, to also meet with friends and “you run into people you haven’t seen in a long time,” Zenner said.
Charnelle Coggins of Kamiah was “just walking around and people watching,” at Border Days on July 4. Enjoying the day for her meant taking in the food, and walking around the community and checking out the local businesses.
“It’s a tradition. I grew up coming over here for Border Days,” said Amanda Holcomb of Craigmont, formerly of Cottonwood. She and her husband, Todd, and their children, Jacob, 2 and Grace, 8, were checking out the fire department fish pond at Heritage Square on July 4.
“It’s the fireworks, the different foods, seeing people you don’t get to see every day and the people who are over for this,” Amanda said. The parade is fun for the kids, and Jacob, “he likes the tractors.”
By Andrew Ottoson
It was rodeo cowboy Tyler Stanley’s first time at Border Days – and after scoring well in the ranch bronc and following up with an exhibition ride Thursday night, he was thrilled with how it went.
“I had a bad buck off streak and tonight I covered two in a row,” he said, adding he and Jayger May, age 3, had a great time in the chicken chase.
Stanley’s ride scored 69 points and finished with a split of second place in his main event.