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Riggins News: Riggins Rodeo on tap for this weekend




Jeannie Fitch 628-3845

— My quote for this week is another one from Barbara Bush: “You must read to your children and you must hug your children and you must love your children. Your success as a family, our success as a society, depends not on what happens in the White House, but on what happens inside your house.”

Gary Miller will be the honored grand marshal for the 2018 “Riggins Rodeo…70 Years of Thrills, Frills, and Spills…and they Keep Coming Back!” Riggins Rodeo Queen Jillian Hausladen will lead the charge of Royalty Saturday and Sunday afternoons, May 5 and 6, at 1:30 p.m., as well as lead the Riggins Rodeo Parade. The traditional Cowboy Breakfast will be served Sunday from 7-10 a.m., at the Riggins Community Center located behind the Chevron Station, followed by the Riggins Rodeo Parade at 11 a.m. with Riggins’ favorite announcer, me. The Kids Stick Horse Race, sponsored by Main Street Hair and Tourist Trap Consignment & Gift Shop, will again be held Sunday for kiddos ages 3-10 with several divisions. Sign-ups begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds; races begin at 1 p.m., in the rodeo arena. Riggins Rodeo contestant entry books opened Monday, April 23, at 10 a.m. MST; books close when filled. See you at the Riggins Rodeo!


Jillian Hausladen

Bingo is tonight, Wednesday, May 2, at the Riggins Community Center in the downstairs at 6:30 p.m., for everyone 18 and above. The Progressive Pot is $200-plus; come have some fun at Bingo. Funds go to transportation for the senior citizens for doctor appointments, business appointments, shopping, and such.

Dance lesson tonight, Wednesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m., at the Riggins Community Center upstairs area. Lessons will start with country swing; instructor knows ten different dances that will be introduced week by week. A small donation to cover rent costs will be taken each week. Last week’s dancers said they had a great time and invite you to join them tonight.

Riggins longtime resident, Patsy Murphy died Friday, April 27, 2018 in McCall, Idaho. Patsy was a vital part of Riggins; even with her challenges, she lived alone with dignity and grace for nearly 25 years after her mother died in 1993; her dad had died in 1970. Patsy took great joy in helping the ambulance service by picking up aluminum cans which were recycle. During the years she contributed thousands of dollars with this project. Patsy was honored by getting to ride in the Riggins Rodeo Parade in the ambulance several years. Patsy loved to do hand work and made many lovely items which she gave away and/or sold at church bazaars.

Salmon River Community Church will hold its annual Mother’s Day Tea at noon next Saturday, May 12. Come and enjoy a time of gathering together with mothers and daughters for a special day with a great program designed especially for mothers. Tea sandwiches, petite cookies, tea, coffee, and punch will be served by the deaconesses.

Leighton News:

“Our” Leighton Vander Esch is now a Dallas Cowboy selected 19th in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday April 26, 2018. NFL and Summervilles threw a huge party with live coverage by the NFL Network right here in Riggins. Lots of private Leighton parties were held all over our Canyon and beyond as well. There is so much to report about his surreal week that I do not know where to begin. I do know he is one happy young man as being a Dallas Cowboy was his boyhood dream. If you go to Facebook, check out his interviews about his life in Riggins and BSU by Sports Illustrated and The Ringer; both are great…and then, there are lots and lots of news features all over Facebook and in the newspapers and all over the TV newscasts. Congrats and best wishes to Leighton on his upcoming adventure in NFL Football career.


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