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White Bird News: Let ’er rip with White Bird Days, Rodeo

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Toni Baker 983-7701

— SRAG will hold their meeting on June 13 at 10 a.m. Remember, the chamber will also meet on the 13th but at 6 p.m. at city hall. They will be trying to meet in the evenings every other month in hopes that some of the business owners and organizations can attend. They will not be meeting in July or August for them.

I hope everyone is ready as our little town transforms into the wild western hospitality for the 40th year of White Bird Days and the 29th annual Rodeo. Volunteers are needed to help set up the canopies, seats along main street and whatever else. Call chamber members, city hall or any organization to see what you may be able to help with...they can always use you. White Bird Days are brought to you by the Medical Relief, many organizations and the community. The rodeo is put on by the White Bird Rodeo Committee.

Vendors are asked to call city hall, 208-839-2294. Friday, June 15, is the first performance of the White Bird Rodeo, starting at 6:15 p.m. at the rodeo arena on Highway 95 at the Twin Bridges, followed with music downtown White Bird. Roc-Dis-Town-Music with DJ 68 and DJ ID-TEN-T will be playing your favorite tunes. Duane and Sharon Sickels are this year’s grand marshals. Saturday, June 16, starts the day with the cowboy breakfast being served from 7 to 10 a.m. (IOOF Hall), following with the parade at 11 a.m. Parade entries for the “Mardi Gras - celebrating 40 years of White Bird Days” are available from Danielle at 208-839-2457 (leave message) or e-mail Danielle at

Battlefield ceremony is June 17

WHITE BIRD — On Sunday, June 17, join the Parks and Recreation as the Nez Perce Tribe will conduct a ceremony of the White Bird Battlefield. This will take place at the intersection of Free Use Road, on old Highway 95. This will start at 8 a.m. and should last for bout 45 - 60 minutes. It will be open to the public and you are asked to bring your own lawn chairs, water, sunscreen, and hats to this outdoor activity. This observance commemorates the Battle of White Bird Canyon. For more information call the park at 208-843-7009.

You can also find the form on face book. Parade lineup is at 10 a.m. After the parade is the Queen luncheon, sponsored by our rodeo queen, Kaylee Page. Don’t forget to get your Horse Puckey tickets (sponsored by the chamber) before the parade. Then join in the many games, egg toss (sponsored by the fire department), duck derby there are some wonderful raffle prizes, such as $200 & $100 cash (sponsored by the library)and will be drawn at the library after the parade. A pie social is also sponsored by the library. An art show and sale in the front of the IOOF Hall will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will have a silent auction and a round robin painting going on as well, and many food booths downtown and at the WBARD building. There will also be a “Volunteer of the Year” award being presented at the end of the parade. The White Bird Antique Store will have a craft and flea market in the lot next to the store. If you would like to participate, call Pat at 208-839-2619. The Canyon House has many items at the shop - stop in and see what they have over the weekend. “Partnership for Healthy Communities” will be at City Hall on June 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Linda Hietter at 208-400-0116. Then it’s back to the rodeo arena at 3 p.m for the stick horse races with Smokey the Bear, mutton bustin’, steer riding and the final performance of the rodeo at 4:45 p.m. Then back downtown for the music to close out the day. There is always something for all ages and with the Salmon River as your backdrop, Let ‘er Rip for the weekend!!

The White Bird Museum to open in the old community church; Pat and Bruce Ringsmith are proud to announce that the museum will be open for viewing during White Bird Days. It features local history of White Bird and Idaho County. Call Pat or Bruce at 208-839-2619.

Just in time for our celebration, a new lodging is open. Barnett’s Idaho Vacation Rental has clean, private, peaceful rentals. Call 208-347-2345 or email

Birthdays wishes go out to Jake Pineda (12th), Kasper Harvey, DeLaney Eller, Hanna Beach (14th), Steve Dalgliesh (15th) and Don (16th).

In memory of Robert “Bob” Shuck (12th). and Pat Cope (15th).

Anniversary wishes go to Adam & Ethylee Kryns (12th), Rance & Zona Moore, Dick & Pam Ashcraft (13th), and Tanya & Lars (14th).

Remember Flag Day is the 14th, so as an American, fly your flag with pride. It is your right!

Then on Sunday, June 17th, remember to” thank” the Dads for all they do, any male figure that may have helped you in any way to become the person you are today. To all the dads out there - Happy Father’s Day!


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