Grand Valley Days offers grand ol’ time |

Grand Valley Days offers grand ol’ time

Amanda Holt Miller
Western Garfield County Staff
Post Independent File Photo/Kara K. PearsonJarod Radel, 6, and his younger brother, Brandon, 2, get ready to ride on A Vintage Rose Floral and Gift Shop's float in the Grand Valley Days parade in Parachute July 24, 2004.

PARACHUTE ” Daryl Haerther will drive his 1936 Ford convertible in the Grand Valley Days parade on Saturday.

“I drove a car just like it when I was in high school,” Haerther said. “I sold it when I went into the service during World War II.”

He bought this one about 20 years ago and has driven it regularly ever since. He’s looking forward to his chance to show it off in the parade.

Haerther is a member of the Grand Valley Kiwanis Club and will drive a group of kids who received scholarships from the club. Haerther’s convertible is one of about 40 entries in the parade so far, said Sarah Orona, who is organizing the parade.

“The parade is really popular,” Orona said. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Orona said Grand Valley Days has been the event of the summer in Parachute since 1909. It used to be called the Widow and Widowers Ball, Orona said, though she wasn’t sure why.

“My dad was raised here,” she said. “One year he traded a gun for a Western shirt, and he won best-dressed cowboy.”

This year, entrants will rake in the prizes for best-dressed cowboy and cowgirl again. Orona ordered elaborate ribbons and prizes for the winners.

The theme of this year’s Grand Valley Days is “The Old West, Salute to Volunteers.”

One winner will also go away from the Grand Valley Days raffle with $250 worth of free gas, said Monica Smith, president of the Grand Valley Parks Association.

“We only sell 1,000 tickets, so the odds of winning are good,” Smith said.

A rodeo will add to the Grand Valley Days entertainment from 7-9 p.m. today, with an encore from 7-9 p.m. Saturday.

“We’ll have quite a few bull riders there,” Smith said. “There will be ribbon roping, which is a lot of fun for the kids.”

The grand marshals of the event are longtime residents George and Betty Letson.

“It’s such a great time,” Orona said. “Lots of people come out and it’s fun.”

Contact Amanda Holt Miller at 625-3245 ext. 103

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