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Garfield County Fair parade thanks

Sharon Church

Dear Editor,I would like to thank all those involved with making our 2002 Garfield County Fair Parade a success. Thank you to all the veterans, 60 in all, who made the parade. The public loved your entry.Thank you to the Rifle Fire Protection District, Burning Mountains Fire District, Glenwood Springs & Rural Fire District, Carbondale & Rural Fire District and the Forest Service and BLM firefighters from Rifle. Your “working hand in hand” fighting fire in Garfield County is very much appreciated. We cannot thank you enough for al your extra efforts and the many hours worked.The following parade entries won the top prizes:Floats: 1st place, American Legion; 2nd place, Harrelson Music; 3rd place, Rifle Rendezvous.Vehicles: 1st place, Dick Casey Concrete; 2nd place, American Legion; 3rd place, Rifle Realty.Marching units: 1st place, American Legion; 2nd place, Rifle High School Band; 3rd place, Grand River Hospital District.Horses: 1st place, Perry Will and the Colorado Division of Wildlife; 2nd place, Beaver Creek Resort Rodeo Royalty; 3rd place, Miss Garfield County Queen and Princess.Horse-drawn: 1st place, Starr Western Real Estate; 2nd place, Garfield County Sheriff Tom Dalessandri.Miscellaneous: 1st place, Just 4 Fun Dance Inc.; 2nd place, Carl Gooch tractors; 3rd place, Tradesman.Grand Sweepstakes: Dick Casey Concrete.Thank you to all the behind the scenes volunteers who made the parade happen.Our float judges were Ralph Koehler, Artha Thompson and Karen Rhoades; vehicle judges were Rex Behrens, Tim Danner and Dwight Kochevar; miscellaneous and marching unit judges were Clarissa Vasquez, Lanae Squires and Judy Martens; horses and horse-drawn judges were Vicki Sorensen, Christy Hamrick and John Hamrick.Line-up people were Ed Cooley, Lee Martens and Richard Morris; insurance checkers were Nathalie Bowman and Jan Hubbell; message runner was Matt Hubbell; check-in people were Margarete Schopp and Marcia Kent.The announcer and PA system was Rick James of KISS Country; video was shot by Jim Bell of Channel 13; script written by Clarissa Vasquez; award plaques made by Micro Plastics; and poster awards and signs made by Margarete Schopp, Clarissa Vasquez and Sharon Church.A big note of thanks goes to Traffic Control Specialists who donated their time and equipment to help our local law enforcement agencies with traffic control. We could not have done it without you.In addition, the city of Rifle Parks Department set up and cleaned up the parks, the Rifle city street crew cleaned the streets, the Rifle city Recreation Department provided permits for the parks, and Daryl Meisner, police chief of Rifle, organized the traffic control.All the participants and spectators made the “Garfield County, Working Hand in Hand” parade a good one. Thank you, all!Sharon Church, managerRifle Area Chamber of Commerce


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