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Submitted PhotoMiss Category: Heather McCain, first attendant; Alyssa Tenold, second attendant; Nicole Arrowood, essay winner; Dani Gonzales, Miss Garfield County.

The 2006 Garfield County Fair Royalty Contest was held on Sunday, Aug. 6, at Rifle High School. Four Parachute/Battlement Mesa girls competed in this competition:Mini Miss category (ages 4-6)Alice Chappelle (age 4) who goes to preschool in Parachute, likes chocolate milk and gardening and loves all animals. She was sponsored by Best Plumbing.Sarah Mead (age 6) who attends first grade at Bea Underwood Elementary School, likes swimming, waterslides, jumping on the trampoline and going to school. She was sponsored by Mom and Dad.Miss category (ages 14-17)Nicole Arrowood (age 17) will be a senior at Grand Valley High School this school year. She likes pizza rolls, church, choir and her family. Arrowood Plumbing sponsored her.Dani Gonzales (age 16) will be a junior at Grand Valley High School this school year. She likes sushi, cheerleading and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation events. Mom sponsored her.Kelly Diaz of Rifle and Charlene Mead of Battlement Mesa are the co-directors for this annual fair event and they are doing a wonderful job. This year 33 young ladies participated in the competition. The Mini Miss girls competed in on-stage presentation, interview with the judges and on-stage personality. The Lit’l Miss and Junior Miss participants competed in on-stage presentation, interview with the judges and a talent performance. The Miss contestants competed in on-stage presentation, interview with the judges, a written essay, and verbal presentation on stage of that essay. The preliminaries were held Sunday morning and the finals and crowning were held Sunday evening.Kelly and Charlene would like to thank Wells Fargo Bank for sponsoring the event, the Country Florist for the flower bouquets presented to each contestant, Rifle Truck & Trailer for the parade arrangements, Rifle High School for the venue, Jim Bell and Channel 13 for recording the events. And a special thanks to the Garfield County Fair Board for making this event part of the fair activities. A major thank you to the judges: Robin McMillian, Eldonna Montgomery, Laree Magnusson, Tracy Bennett, Alicia Sirotek, and Jodi Swallow. This year, as usual, our Parachute/Battlement Mesa girls did us proud. Sarah Mead was awarded “Best Hair” in the Mini Miss group. Alice Chappelle was “First Attendant” in the Mini Miss group. Nicole Arrowood was awarded “Best Essay” in the Miss category. Dani Gonzales was crowned “Miss Garfield County.” Dani is prepared to assist with any service event, so just get the message to her.Activity Center newsFran Storm is pleased to announce that Yoga is resuming, beginning at 6:15 p.m Sept. 19 at the Activity Center. Classes are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $39 for eight classes or one class for $6. Experience peace and relaxation; improve flexibility, strength and balance. If you would like more information, call Alison at 948-0986.Don’t forget the Adult Tiki Pool Party on the deck of the Activity Center on Saturday, Aug. 19. The party begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be classic rock music from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Tickets are $17 each or two for $30. Must be 21 years old to attend.Schools newsAll of our children will be returning to school the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 22. So be more watchful and slow down some. The first home football game is Friday, Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals will be playing Basalt. The Lady Cardinals will be hosting the GV Invitational Volleyball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 2. The matches begin that morning at 9 a.m. This is an eight-team tournament and is always a good one.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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