Grand Valley loves a parade |

Grand Valley loves a parade

Sarah Orona says that it’s time to plan and organize your float for Grand Valley Days. The parade is scheduled for Saturday, July 22. This year’s theme is “The Good Old Days.” Individuals, organizations and businesses may enter in several categories: Float, Business; Float, Organization; Vehicle, Classic; Vehicle, Antique; Best Dressed Senior Cowboy; Best Dressed Senior Cowgirl; Best Dressed Junior Cowboy; Best Dressed Junior Cowgirl; Horse Drawn Unit; Marching Unit; Bicycles, 4-wheelers, Go-carts; Miscellaneous; and Family Unit.Entries must be received by July 15 to be eligible for judging. Entries must start forming in the vicinity of the Chamber of Commerce Cabin at 8:30 a.m. Placement prizes will be awarded at 9:45 a.m. Last minute arrivals will be placed at the end of the parade – units arriving late may enter the parade by reporting to the parade staff for assignment, yet will miss the judging competition. All units will be given a number for parade order. Candy and gifts may not be thrown from a vehicle, float or riding unit. Out-walkers may hand out items along the parade route. Firearms, firecrackers or other loud noise items may not be used. Each entry must submit a completed entry form and a copy of the Colorado proof of insurance must be submitted with the entry form for all motorized units.The parade entry fees are as follows: Business and commercial entry fee, $10; individuals and other organizations, $5; Juniors under 14 years of age $1; and charitable and volunteer organizations, no fee.The parade is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Grand Valley-Parachute. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. For information, questions and an entry form, please call Sarah Orona at 285-1111.Noise complaintsOn the evening of Saturday, June 10, I held a 16th birthday party for my daughter, Danielle. We had the party on the patio of the activity center. We did have a DJ for the party and there was music and noise, but the party was planned to end at 10 p.m. so loud noise at an inappropriate time would not be an issue. This party also was chaperoned by seven adults. Unfortunately, by 8:30 p.m., complaints were received at the activity center, and the music volume had to be lowered. It has become abundantly obvious to me why our children and youth complain so much that there is nothing for them to do in our community – There truly isn’t any entertainment for them. When something is held, complaints are fielded and the good, clean fun is either stifled or put to an end. I remember attending a Chamber party on the activity center patio where a band performed and it was quite loud. Don’t remember any complaints about that noise, but the party was for adults, not kids. Perhaps this is an age-old problem, I just wish that my generation would have the good sense to be more open-minded and end the problem. I thought that was what we stood for way back in the ’60s. Mary Moore’s column, “Grand Valley News,” appears every other Thursday. To contact Mary with a news tip, e-mail her at

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