As of Friday, June 29, 2018
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” — Dr. Seuss
As shindigs go, Grangeville’s Border Days is the region’s biggest party for the summer, drawing in thousands for three days of community celebration, entertainment and food (mmm…. Funnel cakes.)
You spend enough time at the different events and you’ll be bound to run into your neighbors and old friends. You’ll be catching up with classmates on battle stories of raising kids, your latest surgery or a planned vacation. You’ll be amazed at how that bratty next-door kid has grown up to be graduating college this year.
And for some, there will be a gap next to us on the sidewalk bench or the reunion float for those no longer with us.
It’s important to take this time to rest, to get away from the daily grind and reconnect with people for the sake of relationship rather than work or obligation. Just how important was emphasized to us recently in a “Memories” feature we did in our current Border Days section.
“I got to meet Cliff Carl [a kids’ TV show host],” said Debi Moody. “I can still see him grab my boot and give it a tug.”
“I remember 1969 or ’70. The greased pig ran into the Pioneer Bar…so did all the little kids,” said Gail Stowers.
“Seeing my grandmother, Blanche Howard, riding her horse, Banjo, in the parade,” said Jackie Edwards.
“There would be a water trough in front of the show house, and businessmen were put in the water trough if they hadn’t grown a beard or were not dressed in cowboy gear!” said Claudia Roberts.
Asking for people’s memories about Border Days, we were pleasantly surprised to receive dozens of responses, and ongoing conversations, of the moments they experienced. It was a great look at how this celebration used to be, and also how some things never change. In those recollections, those times, events and people long-gone were alive again and so was the accompanying excitement.
So, this year, we’ll tell you to eat what’s bad for you, do the egg toss all three days, throw water balloons at the firemen (at your own peril) and chat up that old guy sitting alone on the bench. Make time now for memories later.
From all of us at the Idaho County Free Press, welcome, all, to Border Days 2018.