Grand Valley Days heats up Parachute |

Grand Valley Days heats up Parachute

Mike McKibbin
Citizen Telegram Editor
Colorful parade entries, like this one from last year’s Grand Valley Days in Parachute, will be enjoyed in this year’s parade on Saturday, July 26.
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PARACHUTE — Rodeo fans, parade watchers and those looking for good family fun can enjoy the 2014 Grand Valley Days celebration today and Saturday in Parachute.

Longtime organizer Juanita Satterfield said the rodeo, at 7 p.m. both days, is always the biggest attraction.

“We have $500 of added money for the winners this year, and belt buckle awards for the high winners” in various events, she said. “The team roping and barrel racing are real popular. We usually get more entries than we can handle.”

Non-rodeo events include a 5-kilometer run in Battlement Mesa, a pancake breakfast and bake sale, car show and bike rodeo. The Saturday morning parade, beginning at 10 a.m., will feature floats designed around the theme, “heroes,” Satterfield added.

This year’s parade grand marshals are Dana and B.J. Barker, who have lived in Battlement Mesa for 17 years.

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For 10 years, Dana handled the concession stand at Grand Valley Days to help raise money for the Parachute/Grand Valley Kiwanis. He also served as president and lieutenant governor of Kiwanis and was involved in tutoring youngsters after school when Kiwanis provided that service to Garfield School District 16.

B.J. volunteered at Grand River Heath and did medical filing when it was done with folders instead of a computerized system. She also served as the Kiwanis secretary for three years.

After the parade, a barbecue cook-off is scheduled, along with a pie and ice cream social at the Morrisania Community House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Saturday night dance at Cottonwood Park to wrap up Grand Valley Days will feature the band Leveraction.

“We’ve had exceptionally good crowds the last two years,” Satterfield said. “We get rodeo contestants from Fruita and up and down the valley.”

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