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Farris takes on large, blank canvas for senior project

Gerangeville High School senior Macenzie Farris, using a lift, paints on corrugated metal on the backside of the Border Days Arena stage.

Photo by Lorie Palmer
Gerangeville High School senior Macenzie Farris, using a lift, paints on corrugated metal on the backside of the Border Days Arena stage.



— “I thought about a barrel racing event fund-raiser, but I wanted to do something for my community that was long-lasting,” Grangeville High School senior Macenzie Farris said of her senior project.

That thought led Farris to a large endeavor.

“Actually, we were driving by the rodeo grounds and my sister said, ‘hey, you could paint that!’” Macenzie, 17, said.

The idea of her twin, Micaela, was a good one, she thought.

Last week, Macenzie began painting the backside of the rodeo grounds stage.

She first mocked up an idea and took it to the Border Days committee. It includes the words “Idaho’s Oldest Rodeo” across the top with the Border Days logo on the middle and four sketches of events/people.

“They okayed it and now I’m working on it, planning to finish it by the Fourth,” she said. She had some help from her sister, but otherwise has been there alone painting on the corrugated metal.

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Painting on the stage back was not quite finished Thursday night, June 28.

“I’m penciling and doing it free-hand,” she said. “I’m really hoping it looks good from the road.”

Donors toward her project have been Farris Transport, Fogleman Construction, Grangeville Builders Supply and Jody Fogleman.

Macenzie is the daughter of Jeff and Amy Farris and granddaughter of Ray and Ellen Aiken, all of Grangeville.



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