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Wood River Valley residents can be rightfully proud of their annual Fourth of July fireworks show.

Fireworks light up night skies, delight crowds on Independence Day Chamber helps organize Hailey show By PETER JENSEN Express Staff Writer

The Fourth of July fireworks show transforms the night sky above Hailey into a panoply of lights and colors to the delight of thousands of residents and visitors. But that splendid display requires months of hard work and fundraising from the Chamber of Hailey & the Wood River Valley and local businesses. Chamber Executive Director Mike McKenna said he made 50 phone calls trying to drum up contributions to ensure that the fireworks show will go on for another Independence Day holiday in 2019, in addition to going door-to-door to local businesses and raising money through events that the Chamber hosts. The Chamber used proceeds from its home and garden show as well as its 5B Father’s Day Bash and Chili Cookoff to help support the fireworks show this year. The show originally started in the late 1990s, thanks to donations from actor Bruce Willis. It quickly established itself as one of the best fireworks shows in Idaho and became an annual tradition. The Chamber’s goal is to help make the Fourth of July celebrations in Hailey, including the parade, antique show, RiverFest and fireworks show, the best Independence Day event in the American West, McKenna said. “It’s Hailey’s day in the sun,” he said. “I love the parade. We’re hoping that it’s going to be the biggest parade in years. It’s classic Americana.” The fireworks show is the “candles on top of the cake,” McKenna said. It offers the perfect way to wrap up a long, funfilled day in Hailey. “We’ve been raising all the funds for it,” he said of the fireworks show. “Our community has been so great to step up and support this. We’re trying to make sure that the fireworks keep going. We’re just really appreciative of the business community. The business community gets asked a lot of, and they continue to step up and support.”

Fireworks regulations Idaho law regulates how residents and visitors can use certain types of fireworks on the Fourth of July. Here is a primer on what to do— and what not to do—to celebrate Independence Day.

What’s allowed In unincorporated Blaine County and within city limits, the use of “nonaerial common fireworks” is allowed. What are “nonaerial common fireworks”? Idaho law has a definition that includes ground spinners, fountains, sparklers, smoke devices or snakes. The firework must remain “on or near the ground and not to travel outside a fifteen-foot diameter circle or emit sparks or other burning material which land outside a 20 foot diameter circle or above a height of 20 feet.” Hailey city code regulates and permits the sale of “safe and sane” fireworks, or those items that won’t leave the ground or travel laterally more than 10-foot radius. The combined movement and pyrotechnic discharge can’t go beyond a 20-foot radius, either laterally or vertically.

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What’s not allowed Idaho law prohibits using fireworks “in any area that constitutes a severe fire threat based on vegetative conditions during the current fire season as determined by the county commission or authority that has jurisdiction.” The BLM states that illegal fireworks include “bottle rockets, sky rockets, Roman candles, firecrackers, missiles, parachutes, sky flyers, display shells and aerial items.”

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Keepin’ it country: Hailey’s Days of the Old West “We try to have almost everything we do produced by local talents,” he said, because locals know what the best parts of living in the Wood River Valley are, whether it be expansive aerial views of the Big Wood River BY ALEJANDRA or the architectural character BUITRAGO of buildings on Hailey’s Main Express Staff Writer Street like The Mint and the Lib Locals and visitors alike can erty Theatre. expect another Fourth of July In general, it’s locals who have extravaganza this year thanks to kept this event such a draw for so the city of Hailey and the Cham- many years. McKenna said that ber of Hailey & the Wood River this year, local businesses are Valley. As far back as 1883, Hailey stepping up to provide live music has been the hotspot for Indepen- at their venues to disperse some dence Day, and this year will be of the large crowds that head no different, says chamber Exec- to RiverFest straight after the parade, and that every year local utive Director Mike McKenna. A week before the big day, businesses and donors come McKenna said, registration was through to make sure there are higher than average for par- funds for a spectacular fireworks ticipants to walk in the annual show to conclude the night. The parade parade, including also provides cheap a significant numadvertisement for ber of youth sports local business, McKteams from across enna said. For the the valley. McKenna low, low price of $25, The Days of the Old said they’re trying anyone can join the West Parade will to get more horses parade and adverthis year to highbegin at noon on tise their business light the traditional Main Street in Hailey. or service to thoutheme of Days of the sands of people linOld West, which the ing the streets. In audience always the past, McKenna embraces with cowsaid many of the valboy attire. ley’s nonprofits have Last year the joined the parade Los Angeles Times as a unique way named Hailey’s to showcase their Fourth of July causes and participarade as one of the pate in a local trabest in the AmeriMike McKenna dition of marching can West that will Chamber of Hailey & the down Hailey’s Main Wood River Valley supply “maximum Street. fun” for attendees. Dayle Ohlau, is McKenna said the key to success year after year is easy: Keep it just one local resident who will be marching in the parade, to celclassic and keep it local. “You just have to keep doing a ebrate not just the United States’ good job. [Keep it] as American independence from Great Britain, but also to celebrate the 100th as apple pie,” McKenna said. Over the years, parade plan- anniversary of the 19th Amendners have begun focusing on mar- ment to the U.S. Constitution keting to a broader range of peo- giving women the right to vote. ple to expand the reach and get Though the amendment wasn’t more Idahoans and out-of-state ratified until 1920, it was passed visitors to Hailey for this family- by Congress on June 4, 1919. friendly event every year. McK- A journalist herself, Ohlau enna said that when it comes to said the idea to “march” just creating advertisement, whether came to her and she wanted to it be radio or television, using pay homage to the early suffragettes who struggled for the rights local talent is a must.

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we have today. “I wanted to do something to honor the suffragettes,” Ohlau told the Idaho Mountain Express in a phone interview last month. “It’s such an honor and a privilege to be able to vote, especially as a woman.” Ohlau will be marching in the Fourth of July parade with her daughter, in time-period clothing of 1913, when the first march took place in Washington, D.C. The Woman Suffrage Procession of 1913 had the purpose of protesting against the political organizations of the time, from which women were excluded. Ohlau said she was touched by those women who endured beatings, forced feedings and imprisonment fighting for a right that they believed in passionately. Most important, McKenna said, is to make sure the events run smoothly, and that everyone has a safe and fun time, including visitors because while they’re here, “it’s a little bit home to them, too.” Beyond the parade, Fourth of July participants can start the celebrations early with a pancake feed hosted by the University of Idaho Extension, Blaine County 4-H Club families. The hot breakfast will include pancakes, eggs, bacon and sausage. The griddle will start sizzling at 7:30 a.m. at the Grange Hall, 609 S. Third Ave. in Hailey. Once your stomach is full, throw on your tulle and get ready for the 5K Tutus and Tennis Shoes Fun Run to support the Sun Valley Ballet Foundation. The first 100 registrants will See PARADE, next page


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Parade Parade is one of the day's events Continued from previous page receive a free tutu, hot dog and age-appropriate beverage. Race start time is 9 a.m. at the Merriwether Building on north First Avenue near Bullion Street. Post-race, head to the parade and join in on the Road Apple Roulette, betting on horse poop to help raise money for the Hailey Rotary, which supports local groups with grants and Rotary members to fly abroad and help build homes. After the parade,

head to local restaurants like Lago Azul, which will have a live band, or make your way to the fifth annual RiverFest, hosted by the Wood River Land Trust. The celebration will continue with live music, local food and craft vendors lined up at the Draper Wood River Preserve and Lions Park until 5 p.m. Then patriots can make their way to the Sawtooth Rangers Fourth of July Rodeo before ending the night with the fireworks, an explosive show worth experiencing.

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Sawtooth Rangers bring ‘Days of the Old West’ rodeo back to Hailey Rodeo returns July 2, 3 and 4

Where to get tickets The Sawtooth Rangers are hosting the “Days of the Old West” rodeo at the Hailey fairgrounds, and tickets will be sold in advance at the The Chamber office in Hailey at 781 S. Main St. The tickets are also available for sale at Atkinsons’ Market stores in Bellevue, Hailey and Ketchum. Tickets sold in advance will cost $11 for adults and $6 for kids, while tickets sold at the door cost $15 for adults and $10 for kids. The organization encourages attendees to buy tickets early, because the rodeo has sold out in the past.

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The Fourth of July Rodeo has been a tradition in Hailey since the late 1940s.

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The Days of the Old West rodeo will return to the Hailey fairgrounds July 2, 3 and 4, which promises plenty of exciting and wild action. The rodeo begins each of the nights at 7:30 p.m., although on July 3 and July 4 a pre-rodeo show will be offered. On July 3, it will be Mutton Bustin, and on July 4 it will be the Sage Riders Mounted Shooting Club. The halftime entertainment on July 3 will be the 101 Roughstock Jr. Mini-Bulls, and after the rodeo on July 4 will be the hometown bull riding event. Nightly, the rodeo will offer Ranch Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping, Tie-Down Roping, Breakaway Roping, Barrel Racing, Steer Wrestling and Bull Riding. The Sawtooth Rangers organizes and hosts the annual event, which traces its history back to the late 1940s. The Sawtooth Rangers Riding Club began in 1947 and its members constructed a rodeo arena in Hailey in 1948. Its first rodeo was held in October 1948, according to the Sawtooth Rangers’ website. The event was so successful, the rangers moved it to July 3 and July 4 and it became an annual show. The rodeo grew to three days and features contestants from the Intermountain Professional Rodeo Association.


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Here’s a look at some of the top events in this year’s rodeo: Bareback Riding “consistently produces some of the wildest action in the sport,” the Sawtooth Rangers state. “To stay aboard the horse, a bareback rider must grasp the rigging with only one hand. The rigging made of leather and cowhide resembles a suitcase handle on a strap.” Saddle Bronc Riding has been called “the toughest rodeo event to master because of the technical skills necessary for success,” according to the Sawtooth Rangers. “Every move the bronc rider makes must be synchronized with the movement of the horse.” Barrel Racing starts off when “the horse and contestant enter the arena at full speed,” the Sawtooth Rangers state. “The racer rides a cloverleaf pattern around three barrels positioned in the arena. The barrel racing title is usually decided by hundredths of a second.” Bull Riding features simple rules, so that “a cowboy, using only a braided rope wrapped around the bulls torso, must hang on for eight seconds without touching the bull with his free hand,” according to the Sawtooth Rangers. “Size, agility and power create a danger that makes bull riding a crowd favorite everywhere.” Steer Wrestling is known as “the quickest event in rodeo,” according to the Sawtooth Rangers. “The goal is to catch the steer by the horns and flip it onto its back in the fastest time possible. That sounds simple enough, right? Here’s the catch: the steer generally weighs more than twice as much as the cowboy and, at the time the two come together, they’re both often traveling about 30 miles per hour.”


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Philanthropist and photojournalist Lynn Campion will ride as grand marshal in Hailey’s Fourth of July Parade. “It’s humbling to be selected by a community that has been so good to me for so many years,” Campion said. Campion’s family foundation, called the Deer Creek Fund, has supported good causes in the Wood River Valley since 1994, providing $4 million for construction of the Campion Ice House in Hailey. “I think the Ice House has been a success,” said Campion, 73, who lives north of Hailey in Deer Creek canyon with her husband, the painter Theodore Waddell. “Ketchum had the YMCA and we knew Hailey needed something badly, so I got involved with thinking about what we could do.” Campion grew up in Colorado, where she learned to ride horses, eventually winning seven amaCourtesy photo teur national cutting horse chamLynn Campion will ride in the honored position as grand marshal of the pionships. She also worked as a professional photographer and Hailey Fourth of July Parade. came to the Wood River Valley in the 1970s. She is the author of two books, “Training and Showing the Cutting Horse” County Recreation District, Caritas Chorale, College of Southern Idaho, Community Library Assoand “Rodeo.” After arriving in the valley, she worked as a ski ciation, Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley, instructor and served as a volunteer firefighter and Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley, advanced emergency medical technician for the Lee Pesky Learning Center, National Forest FounKetchum Fire Department. She was responsible for dation, Sage School, Sun Valley Center for the Arts bringing the first advanced EMT training to the and Humanities, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Cenvalley during the early 1980s. Campion’s great-grandfather was a fire chief in ter and Trailing of the Sheep Cultural Center. “We give fairly quietly, but many people don’t Colorado Springs, Colo. “I think he must have smiled on me for becoming realize how much nonprofit organizations need to be supported,” Campion said. “Funding a firefighter, but my real interest was doesn’t just fall off the trees. I can’t say working in an ambulance as an EMT. I how important it is to give back to the felt that what we had wasn’t enough for community and it doesn’t matter the our community, that we needed to be amount.” better trained, so I looked into how to Campion founded the Little Black make it happen,” she said. Dress Club of the Wood River Valley. Campion has stepped down as chairThe women’s philanthropic club invites woman of the family foundation, which donors with as little as $100 to make a was created by her and her first husdifference in the community. band, Tom Campion, and their two “The reason I started the club is so daughters in 1996 with funding from that people can learn about giving and The Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson know that small donations mean a lot Foundation, a prior family foundation Lynn Campion also,” she said. that has since been dissolved. She said Grand marshal Campion and Waddell have authored her two daughters, Ashley and Berit Campion, are now involved in the family tradition several ‘Tucker” children’s books that feature illustrations of one of their Bernese mountain dogs. She of giving back to the community. The Deer Creek Fund has supported a broad said Waddell has also authored two books about his spectrum of community services in and around early life in Montana, where they live part-time. Blaine County, with a focus on “meeting basic Campion, who is soft-spoken and generally human needs, promoting self-sufficiency, relieving avoids publicity, said she will have to get up her nerve to ride in a coach during the parade. suffering and improving the quality of life.” In 2015 alone, grants totaling $76,000 were distrib- “My husband Ted said he will join me because uted to area nonprofits, including The Advocates, he knows I will need the emotional support. Oh, and Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley (now I hope to bring my dogs also,” she said. Mountain Humane), The Hunger Coalition, Blaine

“I can’t say how important it is to give back to the community and it doesn’t matter the amount.”


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The Hailey Days of the Old West Parade on the Fourth of July starts at Myrtle Street and proceeds south to Cedar Street. The parade starts at noon on Thursday, July 4, and is expected to last until about 1:30 p.m. The locations of other Fourth of July events are also noted on the map.


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Activities and events at Sun Valley By KARI HENKEN Express Intern

The Sun Valley Resort will host a variety of events this Fourth of July weekend that are sure to make for a jam-packed Independence Day—for both children and adults. The resort already kicked off festivities with a Granger Smith and McKenna Faith concert on Saturday, followed by Killer Queen, a Queen tribute concert, on July 2. On Thursday, the Fourth of July, the resort will host several family-friendly events celebrating the holiday in the Sun Valley Village from 1-5 p.m. Featured activities include face painting, wagon rides, lawn games, balloon animals, a bouncy house, the famous kids train, an ice cream stand and live music from 2-5 p.m. There will also be the famous “spider jump” bungee trampoline, where children (or adults!) have the chance to perform acrobatics up to 33 feet in the air—all while attached to a bungee cord and safely strapped into an adjustable harness. For adults, there will be outdoor bars set up around the Sun Valley Village, and the resort’s restaurant, The Village Station, will have its usual Happy Hour from 3-5 p.m. The Elkhorn Grille is also having its Prime Rib Night special from 5:30-9 p.m., making it the perfect spot to refuel before celebrating on. Festivities continue with the highly anticipated ice show, Sun Valley on Ice, which will take place at the ice rink in the Sun Valley Village on the night of the Fourth. Doors open at 9:30 p.m., and the show will start around 9:45 p.m. Olympic gold medalists Alysa Liu and Ryan Bradley are starring in the show. Tickets can either be bought online or at the Sun Valley Resort’s Guest Center prior to the event. The Fourth of July fireworks will be immediately following the ice show. The rink boasts a fabulous view of the fireworks, which are free to the public, but there are many great viewing spots around town— just be sure to find one before they start, around 10:45 p.m.! For visitors staying in the Wood River Valley, there is plenty to do for an enjoyable long weekend following the Fourth, whether that be relaxing or enjoying the beautiful weather in the Wood River Valley. Sun Valley Resort has many activities and events planned for after the Fourth—including the San Francisco Ballet on July 5 and yoga at River Run on the morning of July 6. There are also many hiking and biking trails around the valley for those who love the outdoors. Sun Valley Resort expects another large turnout at its festivities this year and says it is looking forward to celebrating Independence Day with guests and locals alike. For more details and a full listing of calendar events happening at the resort, visit or call 208-622-2135.


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Behind the scenes, Independence Day is a year-long event Meet the people who work together to bring the holiday to life By MARK DEE Express Staff Writer

Planning a small-town Fourth of July is easy. It just takes 364 days, and GeeGee Lowe’s 96-point list for the perfect parade. For years—and for years to come—planning Days of the Old West starts with the template perfected over years by the selfdescribed “Hailey Fourth of July consultant.” Lowe’s expertise dates back to Wagon Days in the 1970s, and a stint with The Chamber organizing that event’s southvalley counterpart through the 1990s. “Consultant” would be accurate, except Lowe—like most of the people involved with the festivities—doesn’t get paid for her effort. Thousands of paid and unpaid man-hours go into planning the bash, pitched in by nonprofits, volunteers, local boosters and city staff, according to Mike McKenna, executive director of The Chamber. Last year, some 10,000 visitors partook, about half from out of town. Making the right impression means getting on the same page, and months of work to make an Independence Day that can stand on its own. And McKenna? He’ll start thinking about the Fourth of July on July 5. That’s when The Chamber begins breaking down Hailey’s signature summer event—and planning for the next one. “We’ll be thinking about it— what went right, what we can improve on,” McKenna said. “We pride ourselves on making this the premier small-town celebration in the West. We put a ton of time, energy and money into this, and no one seems to know. Everything from fundraising, to marketing, to managing the parade— all the little pieces, every little aspect needs to go right.” Things ramp up in January, when The Chamber starts eyeing the bill. McKenna estimates it spends about $30,000 on its portion of the celebration, half of which goes to the post-parade fireworks display. He and Chamber Visitor Services Officer Cydney Pearce start applying for grants in the middle of winter to get it together. Run-ins on the street become chance pitches. “They set meetings, talk to people,” Lowe said. “You want to promote their event, and want them to promote yours. From January on, Mike and Cyd are really working it. Everyone they see, they remind to save the date.”

From the pancake breakfast in the morning to the 5K Fun Run, RiverFest to the rodeo, all the pieces are designed to fit together like gears, moving people from one to the next throughout the day. Come April, invitations go out for the parade itself. Emails, hard copies—a full-blown recruitment drive to fill Main Street. With a week to go before the Fourth, McKenna said entries were up 15 to 20 percent year-over-year, with numbers in the 80s and climbing. “We want a big, full parade,” he said. “The more entries, the better.” Of course, they’ll need a route to walk. The Chamber works with the city of Hailey months in advance to permit road closures and designate the staging area along River Street. Around 3:30 a.m. on July 3, Hailey Police make their first passes on Main Street, posting parking restrictions and flagging cars for removal, so guests can have a clean line of sight. “We have a constant presence, making sure all vehicles get out of there,” Chief Jeff Gunter said. “That’s a blackout time for us. No vacation, everyone works— myself included.” Just after 6 a.m., the Hailey Street Division posts detours and road closures. About an hour before the parade, Gunter’s officers will do one more sweep, before posting up at six intersections around the route. “Whether it’s snowing, or 150 degrees on the pavement, we’re out there,” Gunter said. By then, the entries are registering, and lining up in order. Organizing them is a science unto itself. Lowe’s formula has been honed over years. First goes the color guard, followed by first responders—state, then county, then city; if anything happens, they need to be free to get out of line. Notable guests fall in after, trailed by the rest of the foot traffic. The reason there is simple enough: “So they don’t step in horse manure,” Lowe said. Then, it’s time for the horses themselves—the hardest entries to recruit these days, and the toughest to manage day-of. Horses go before the vehicles, to limit the chance that a motor or abrupt move spooks the animals. “After that, it’s open,” Lowe said—floats, fire trucks, pretty much anything goes. If everything goes right, nobody see’s anything but the spectacle. After all the planning, it’s over in maybe an hour—and on to Lions Park for the next part of the party. “People go out of their way for an event they love, and for the love of this town,” Lowe said. “We’ve got a great community, and a great event. That’s the bottom line. It really shows the heart of this valley.”

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• Keep children close, and next to the curb. Don’t chase candy or treats—running out into the parade route blocks the view,

and can scare livestock. • Leave pets at home. • Take pictures, but only from the sidelines. • No fireworks. • Follow the instructions of volunteers and parade officials. “They are there for your safety,” Lowe says.


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After the parade, RiverFest keeps the party going Land Trust plans ‘bigger and better’ celebration for festival’s fifth year By MARK DEE Express Staff Writer

Last Fourth of July, Mike McKenna, then community engagement coordinator with the Wood River Land Trust, watched months of planning go up in smoke. The Land Trust was about an hour into its fourth annual RiverFest—a celebration of the Big Wood and protected land around it—when the telltale plumes rose around Lions Park in Hailey, and sent hundreds out of the festival grounds. “It was a nightmare,” said McKenna, now executive director of The Chamber. “We were an hour in, we were totally packed, and we had to clear out. It was heartbreaking.” Heartbreaking—for a while. Crews put the fire out, and the show went on, still managing to draw some 2,500 people after the Days of the Old West Parade, according to Matthew Steinwurtzel, the Land Trust’s new community engagement coordinator. For its fifth year—coinciding Mike McKenna Executive director, with the Land Trust’s 25th anniverThe Chamber sary—he’s planning for more people, and fewer interruptions. “RiverFest has always served as our biggest outreach opportunity,” he said. “It’s a chance to celebrate the river, our community and the independence of this country. We’re always looking to make it bigger and better.” The event has trended that way since year one, McKenna said. “At first, it was really small,” he said. “The next year, it was a little bigger. The year after that, even bigger. It just keeps growing—and I see why. It’s an ideal way to spend the Fourth of July.” Officially starting at 1 p.m. in the park, the event will hit its stride once the parade ends, and keep the party going until things wind down at 5 p.m. A few blocks off Main Street, it’s the perfect place to stumble after the procession, and savor some local flavor. That includes food from nearby vendors, crafts from

“It just keeps growing—and I see why. It’s an ideal way to spend the Fourth of July.”

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RiverFest will serve food from local vendors and offer crafts from local artisans. homegrown artisans, musical sets by Swagger and Up A Creek, a carnival for kids and a beer garden sponsored by Sawtooth Brewery for adults. But, the star of the show flows just east of the festivities. “Really, the purpose of the event is to celebrate the river,” Steinwurtzel said. “It’s something that unites us all, whether it’s your source for water, for recreation or for your livelihood, like the farmers in the south valley. “RiverFest, in my personal opinion, is a great venue to come out and see how tightly knit our community is and how much we value having open space and a healthy river.”

If you go RiverFest will run from 1-5 p.m. on July 4 at Lions Park and the Draper Wood River Preserve in Hailey. Parking on site will be limited to vendors and handicap permits, so plan to walk or bike instead, Steinwurtzel said. This year, the Land Trust is working with Blaine County to “reduce its footprint” by using all recyclable and reusable products; Steinwurtzel encourages guests to bring their own water bottles to do their part, too.

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Vintage merch and a beer while you search Antiques show to be bigger than ever, beer garden included BY ALEJANDRA BUITRAGO Express Staff Writer

In 2008, as the economy took a spectacular dive into recession, the antiques market went down with it. Dana Jo Cameron, who’s been running the Hailey antiques shows for nearly 20 years, said suddenly no one wanted to buy vintage and retro keepsakes. But this year, for the first time in almost 10 years, the market is looking up again. “[I] strongly see it coming back. People are out there, they’re collecting [again], and when they find them, they buy them,” Cameron said in an interview with the Idaho Mountain Express the week before the big Fourth of July Hailey Antique & Art Show. This year’s event will be bigger than ever, thanks to a new breath of life blown into the event, including the addition of a beer garden, and food vendors that will add a new element for shoppers and those they drag along with them. Though the antique markets have narrowed down to one instead of two in Hailey like previous years, Cameron said the event this year will bring back old vendors and massive amounts of vintage bounty. “They’re bringing large loads,” she said. Vendors hope that the added draw of brew will keep shoppers shopping and maybe bring new clients who aren’t necessarily into retro retail but might spot something on their way to the garden. Merchandise will range from handmade jewelry crafted from old coins to industrial-style furniture made from scrap metal and wood. There will be booths hosted by owners from across the country, from Florida to Montana to right here in Idaho.

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Find unique treasures from across the country at this year’s Fourth of July Antique Show in Hailey “It’s going be a great variety,” Cameron said. When people heard there would be only one antique show in Hailey this year, as well as a beer garden alongside it, vendors who haven’t participated in the past few years due to the decline in the market came out of the woodwork. Cameron said there will be about 50 vendors, some renting out two to four spaces for the large hauls of goods they’ll be selling to the masses. Thousands of people swarm into Hailey

on Fourth of July weekend to experience not just the rodeo and parade but unique events like the antique show, and Cameron said that year after year, the clientele have not been disappointed, with at least one vendor who completely sold out at last year’s show. Shoppers look for one-of-a-kind finds, and Cameron said there’s something for everyone this year, including merchandise such as purses made from vintage bark cloth and “American County” that sells strictly American classics like old

crockpots, quilts and butter churners. Surprisingly, Cameron said, there are many antiques shoppers who are men, so this year’s addition of a beer garden will add an extra element of delight. “It’s more like a festival this year,” she said. The antiques show will be at Roberta McKercher Park, on the south end of Hailey from July 4-6, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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Road apple roulette to raise funds for Rotary Club Satellite tracking used for ‘high-stakes gamble on rear-end activities’ By TONY TEKARONIAKE EVANS Express Staff Writer

The Rotary Club of Hailey will use GPS satellite tracking technology to locate winners of this year’s Road Apple Roulette game during the Fourth of July Parade. Winners will be singled out depending on where the “road apple” horse poop hits the road during the parade. The Rotary Club described the game as a “high-stakes gamble on rear-end activities.” Prizes this year include a one-week stay in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico; a Sun Valley Ski pass; and a $500 gift certificate to Christopher & Co. jewelers of Hailey. The Road Apple Roulette is the Rotary’s primary annual fundraiser, providing support for nonprofit organizations and about $20,000 each year in scholarships for Wood River High School and College of Southern Idaho students. The nonprofit organizations supported include PolioPlus, the Flourish Foundation, the Choices Education Group for preparing middle-schoolers for college, the Wood River High School Model United Nations Club, Company of Fools’ theater tickets for students, Kiwanis Club of Hailey and the Rotarun Ski Club. The game works by sectioning off the parade route into 10,000 squares, each designated by a

number. If, during the parade, a horse happens to drop a “road apple” on a participant’s square, that name goes into a drum for the prize drawing at the end of the parade. Participants who purchase multiple squares will have their name entered for each square a road apple hits. Participants can buy as many squares as are available for $5 apiece. Tickets can be purchased from Rotary Club members and at numerous businesses in the Wood River Valley. After buying squares, participants can find where their squares are on the parade route by entering a square tag number into a search tool on the event’s website. The Hailey Rotary Club is part of an organization of business and professional people united worldwide to provide “humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.” “The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise,” the nonprofit’s website states. Announcement of the Road Apple Roulette winners will be held right after the parade. The Rotary Club will post winners on its website and notifying them by phone. For more information and to buy tickets, go to

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The Idaho Department of Lands is reminding those who will celebrate Independence Day by recreating outdoors to please leave fireworks and other pyrotechnic devices at home and use extreme caution if they choose to have a campfire. During closed fire season (May 10 to Oct. 20), it is illegal to throw away any lighted material, including firecrackers or fireworks on any forest or rangeland in Idaho. Starting a wildfire by the use of fireworks is considered negligence, and the person who started the fire will be billed for the cost of fighting the fire. In the past two years, the Department of Lands has sent out multiple bills totaling $4.7 million for the cost of fires that investigators determined to be negligent. The negligent fire bills range from a few hundred dollars to more than $1 million. Last year, about 80 percent of all fires that occurred on land protected by IDL were human caused and preventable. As people recreate throughout the summer, here are actions they can take to help prevent wildfires: l If you plan to tow a boat or RV, please secure your safety chains. Dragging and sparking chains are a frequent cause of wildfire along Idaho’s highways. l Don’t drive a vehicle over tall dry grasses in the heat of summer, and clear out vegetation before you park. l Make sure your ATV, UTV or dirt bike has a properly working spark arrestor. l If you target shoot, do not use tracer bullets or exploding targets; both have caused wildfires. l Carry a shovel and water container in your vehicle. l If you make a campfire, use a contained fire pit, never leave it unattended, keep water and a shovel nearby and make sure the remnants are cold to the touch before leaving it.



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Sun Valley skaters to serve up a cool treat

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Sun Valley on Ice returns July 4 By JODY ZARKOS For the Express

Scott Irvine is one of those people for whom Sun Valley seeped into their soul and they have never shaken loose of its spell. “The allure of being in Sun Valley is legendary,” Irvine said. “It is one of, if not the only, full-size ice rink operating outside. The weather is 75-80 degrees, you can look out and see Baldy while skating on an expansive space. You don’t find that anywhere else. I have never met a skater who came here and said, ‘Nah.’ Some come back year after year or even move here.” Irvine, now in his 11th year as director and fifth as producer of Sun Valley on Ice, was one of those skaters. Competing in the 1986 Summer Skating Championships in Sun Valley, Irvine returned every year from his home in Salt Lake City to train and began skating in the Sun Valley Ice Show in 1992. Back then, the shows used to run every weekend from June to September. “As the business of the resort changed, fewer people were coming in early and staying later. The window naturally decreased to what we have today,” he said. Irvine said that instead of 14 to 16 shows over the summer, Sun Valley on Ice this summer consists of seven shows from July 4 through Aug. 31. The reduction has resulted in increased originality and creativity and no show is ever exactly the same. “We always try and mix up the shows between old and new—tradition meets the next generation,” he said. “People have an expectation when they come up here—this is my Sun Valley—and want that familiarity, but at the same time they’re bringing their kids. How do you create a production that appeals to all? “We have really gone to great lengths to think about who our audience is and what Sun Valley represents to them. I can safely say I have not done the same ice show once in the last seven or eight years.” Now in its eighth summer, Sun Valley on Ice is part of the heralded tradition of summer ice shows in Sun Valley dating back to the resort’s inception in 1936, and the quality and creativity are higher than ever.

“We used to try and put a theme on The team It helps to have a great team to build on, the show but found it pigeonholed what and Sun Valley on Ice is fortunate to have we could do—now it comes more organa group of talented and experienced skat- ically,” Irvine said. “Each of the skaters ers who make up the ensemble cast and is bringing their own flavor to the mix. When you’re seeing Ryan Bradley, you’re are the backbone of each production. “One of the things we have tried to do seeing Ryan ham it up in all his glory. He is get the best skaters in the country, if not is personally shining, not skating as somethe world,” Irvine said. “The skating level one else in a character role.” In addition to inherent talent of the skatis top-notch across the board.” Harrison Wong, currently attending ers, the show is enhanced by a high producUCLA and a two-time national champion tion value. According to Irvine, Sun Valrepresenting Hong Kong, is emblematic of ley Co. recently invested $70,000 in lighting the quality of skater the ice show attracts. upgrades and $65,000 in its sound system. Shows will also feature Jeremy Barrett, a “We have really invested in aspects that 2010 U.S. national champion and 2010 Win- enhance the theater experience to keep us ter Olympian, and Ryan Bradley, a 2011 on par with ice show productions across U.S. national champion and three-time the country and the quality of entertaincollegiate champ. No doubt very pleasing ment,” he said. “We’re always exploring to the hometown crowd will be the appear- ways to make the show different thematically and musically.” ance of the valley’s Nicole Playing a big part in the Pratt, a Sun Valley Figure creative process is GrossSkating Club alumna who cup, who first came to Sun skated with Disney on Ice Valley in 1972 to attend before attending college at skating school, and joined the University of Idaho. the ice show as a skater in The indomitable Craig 1976. A longtime skating Heath and veteran pairs coach, Grosscup was also skaters Anita Hartshorn on the choreography team and Frank Sweiding anchor for the 2002 Winter Olymthe ensemble cast featuring Scott Irvine pics in Salt Lake City. Isabella Brearton, Brent Sun Valley on Ice “One of the nice things Bommentre, Ashley Clark, Jason Graetz, Erin Reed, Jonathon Hunt, about working with Stephanee is we come Adam Kaplan, Cari Maus, Lara Shelton, at things from different perspectives,” Irvine said. “We meet early in the season Neill Shelton and Natalia Zaitseva. “The group numbers are the thread and present our ideas and hash out what that ties the whole show together,” Irvine we think works. I play a piece of music for said. “There are times when the headliner her and she can see how to use the skathas an off night but the show itself can ers to paint this piece of music. Stephanee stand on its own. There is always that level knows how to put talent together and how they skate together as a group.” of quality skating out there.” To ensure a new production each time Junior members of the Sun Valley Figout, skating choreographer Stephanee ure Skating Club, generally 7- to 8-yearGrosscup and Irvine employ an A/B for- olds, bring color to the highly popular kids mat for their ensemble skaters, meaning numbers. Russian Master of Sport Zaiteach skater is responsible for creating and seva is in charge of coordinating the 15 to performing two numbers they alternate 20 young skaters who make up the cast. throughout the season. The advantage is “Quite honestly, they are one of the bigtwo-fold; each performance is an expres- gest highlights of the show,” Irvine says. sion of the skater’s own personality and Also instrumental to the show’s sucthe audience gets to experience something cess is Daisy Langley, the in-house costumer, Jay Cutler, lighting and sound new even if they attend more than once.

“One of the things we have tried to do is get the best skaters in the country, if not the world.”

technician, Brent McCarty, rink manager, and Marilyn Alcamo, backstage manager. “Knowing [Alcamo] is there gives me peace of mind to do everything I need to do,” Irvine said.

Production numbers Irvine said producing the shows is a yearround endeavor, planning the music, choreographing the numbers, designing and creating the costumes and hiring the talent. “The thing that is crazy about this show is we spend all year thinking about it,” he said. “Then we have seven or eight performances and it’s gone. We spend so much time making the magic, and it’s very special, but fleeting. It goes by in a blur.” The show opens with Coldplay’s “Clocks.” Irvine describes the number: “It’s a really powerful piece of music. The show starts at twilight right when the stars are starting to peek out. The choreography is unbelievably powerful. It blew my socks off. The way the skaters are filling out the rink and the speed, power and elegance at the same time. Stephanee did a really great job. It’s going to be a number that appeals to artsy people. It’s “Wow!” The skaters are loving that they are booking it. It’s a great way to kick off the show and set the tone.” The show changes pace by introducing a jazz medley by Clarence Gatemouth Brown. “It starts off sultry and smoky and we bump that up into a fun brighter jazz piece,” Irvine said. “We take our powerful opening and lighten the mood a bit.” Building on a resurgence of the band Queen, thanks to the 2018 movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” there is a medley of classic songs: “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Somebody To Love,” but with a twist that will put a smile on the face of all rock fans. Closing out the ensemble numbers is Elvis Presley’s catchy “A Little Less Conversation,” recorded in 1968, but just as enjoyable today as it was back in the day. “It’s a fun trip down memory lane, something we haven’t done before and an easy one to like,” Irvine said. “If you have a smile on your face and are singing in the car on the way home, we’ve done our job.”


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Nathan Chen, Alysa Liu are among Sun Valley on Ice headliners Seven shows starting July 4 on resort ice By JEFF CORDES Express Staff Writer

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Six of the 13 members of the U.S. team that competed in March’s ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Japan are due to perform during the 2019 Sun Valley on Ice performance season. Headlining the July 4 holiday show that debuts the seven-show Sun Valley on Ice summer season is 13-year-old Alysa Liu of Clovis, Calif. She became the youngest-ever U.S. national ladies singles champion at the GEICO U.S. Nationals at Detroit, Mich., in January. Liu won’t be 16 until the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in China. Yale University undergrad Nathan Chen, 19, from Salt Lake City, the three-time U.S. men’s singles champion and two-time world figure skating king, headlines the Aug. 10 show on the Sun Valley rink. The 83rd summer of outdoor ice rink shows will be the eighth season of the Sun Valley on Ice format that mixes performances by the talented Sun Valley cast and many of the top U.S. figure skating contenders. Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, the 2018 World Championship ice dancing silver medalists, headline on July 20. Reigning U.S. national pairs champions Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc star in the Wagon Days finale Aug. 31. The Fourth of July show starts at 9:40 p.m. capped by holiday fireworks and the display of Sun Valley’s spectacular glow necklaces. Each ice show lasts 70 minutes and is held rain or shine. Independence Day holiday ticket prices for the grandstand range from $69 to $99 (premium), plus fees and tax. Children 12 and under are charged $49 in Tier 1 through Tier 3. All seating is reserved. Seatback rentals are $14. Buffet and general-admission tickets for all shows are on sale at Sun Valley Guest Information Center or online at Call 208-622-2135 for more information. Summer headliners are:

Alysa Liu and Ryan Bradley Thursday, July 4 Hailing from the East Bay and Oakland Ice Center, Alysa Liu is the oldest of five children raised by Oakland attorney Arthur Liu. She won the U.S. women’s singles title Jan. 25 in Detroit by landing three triple axels—one in her short program, two in the free. Now only 4 feet, 7 inches tall, Liu started skating with her current coach, Laura Lipetsky, at the age of five and a half. She rose quickly in the ranks and won the 2016 U.S. Intermediate women’s title and became the 2018 Junior National women’s champion. Bradley, 35, from Missouri, known for his backflips, was the 2011 U.S. men’s national champion and three-time U.S. collegiate king from the University of Colorado.

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Current U.S. singles champion Alysa Liu will perform in the ice show on Thursday, July 4.

Madison Hubbell, Zach Donohue Saturday, July 20 Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, 2018 World Championship ice dancing silver medalists, headline on July 20. Based out of Michigan’s Lansing Skate Club, 28-year-olds Hubbell and Donohue in their fifth world championship trip came away with their first world medal, in second place at Milan, Italy, in 2018. The American ice dancing pair, known for their world-class edging, power and chemistry, had a breakthrough competitive season in 2017-18. Hubbell and Donohue came from behind to win the U.S. ice dancing championship and finished fourth just off the podium at the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. This past March 23, after repeating as U.S. national ice dancing champions, Hubbell and Donohue came from behind in the free dance and won the bronze medal at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan.

Jason Brown Saturday, July 27 Hailing from Los Angeles, Brown, 24, has been ranked fifth in the world among men in both 2019 and 2017. Brown earned the U.S. men’s national championSee ICE SHOWS, next page


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Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue, 2018 World Championship ice dancing silver medalists, will headline on July 20.


Ice Shows Ice shows continue through Labor Day weekend Continued from previous page ship in 2015, and added U.S. national bronze medals in 2017 and 2019. At the 2019 world championships, he set a new personal record of 96.81 points, second place, in the short program and ended up ninth.

Ashley Wagner Saturday, Aug. 3 Back performing on the Stars on Ice tour this spring, Wagner is also returning to Sun Valley on Ice, where she has entertained audiences and greeted youngsters for years. Wagner, 28, is the three-time U.S. women’s singles gold medalist (2012, 2013 and 2015) who won the World Championship silver medal at Boston in 2016. She was a 2014 Winter Olympic team bronze medalist at Sochi, Russia. She owns three Grand Prix Final medals and five Grand Prix event titles in her impressive competitive career.

Nathan Chen Saturday, Aug. 10 Charismatic and one of the most totally normal figure skating superstars you’ll ever find, Nathan Chen, 20, has just completed his first year as a student at Yale University. He studies, learns from other highly motivated Yale undergrads and trains at Ingalls Rink, where Yale’s ice hockey teams train and play in New Haven, Conn. For spring break, he went to Japan and dominated the World Championships for his second straight men’s singles world title. He defeated two-time Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan by the wide margin of 22 points. He became the first American to win consecutive world titles since Scott Hamilton won four straight starting way back in 1981. Chen captured his first U.S. men’s national title at Kansas City in January 2017 by landing five quadruple jumps in a single free-skate program. That was a first, and his point score of 318.47 was a record. “We’ve watched Nathan grow from a charming little kid to a handsome young man,” Sun Valley on Ice producer Scott Irvine said. “I’ve always found him very entertaining. The technical level of skating he incorporates—well, he makes it look effortless.” Chen is returning to Sun Valley on Ice for the ninth year, basically covering all his teen years. During that time, he has become one of the most popular ice show skaters ever.

Jeremy Abbott Saturday, Aug. 24 The four-time U.S. men’s national champion from Aspen, Colo., and Cheyenne Mountain High School is busier than ever after retiring from skating competition in 2016. Abbott, 34, joined the company for this spring’s Stars on Ice Tour. He skated to the music of “Pure Imagination” by Jamie Cullum and “Weathered” by Jack Garratt. After his Sun Valley appearance, he’ll join the Rock the Rink tour from Oct. 5 to Nov. 23. Well-traveled, Abbott won national titles in 2009 at Cleveland, in 2010 at Spokane, 2012 in San Jose and 2014 in Boston. He was a twotime Olympian.

Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc Saturday, Aug. 31 Sun Valley on Ice’s sendoff Labor Day weekend show features the 2019 U.S. National pairs skating champions, 23-year-old Ashley CainGribble from Texas and Timothy LeDuc, 29, from Iowa. Pairs partners since 2016, Cain and LeDuc placed third in the U.S. Championships in 2017 and fourth in 2018. Second after the short program in Detroit this past January, Cain and LeDuc had the free skate of their lives to win the national title. They were ninth at the World Championships. LeDuc became the first openly gay competitor to win a U.S. national pairs title. And this past June 1 in Texas, Cain married Dalton Gribble.

U.S. National pairs skating champions Ashley Cain-Gribble and Timothy LeDuc will perform in the last show of the summer on Labor Day weekend.

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The city of Hailey has celebrated Independence Day in style since at least 1881, nine years before Idaho was admitted to the Union. This year’s theme, “Stars and Stripes, Forever,” would surely ring true with Hailey residents from years gone by accustomed to taking the stage on the Fourth of July to celebrate the union, promote the rights of workers and show off some local color. On the Fourth in 1881, a Goddess of Liberty float was drawn down Main Street carrying Miss Lillie Moore (as the goddess) and 4-year-old twins Gracie and Theresa Knapp representing “peace and plenty.” They were followed by 38 young ladies for a procession down Main Street, each representing one of the 38 states. The celebration was followed by baseball games, horse races, fireworks and a Grande Ball, wrote legendary Wood River Journal writer Roberta McKercher in 1990 during the city’s Centennial Celebration. Wood River Times Editor T.E. Picotte said the celebration two years later was far more substantial, following a little trouble out Croy Canyon where Gen. E.E. Cunningham had led a posse in pursuit of the outlaw Six-Shooter Jack. In late June of that year, a deluxe railroad car carrying mining baron George Hearst had stopped in Hailey. It was thought by some that rumors of lawlessness could affect the local economy by deterring investments by men like Hearst. “They found the outlaws sleeping in the open air in a clearing surrounded by brush. By daylight the entire posse had surrounded the men, and called on them to surrender. Jack went for his guns and was shot through with a volley of bullets,” Picotte wrote. The Fourth of July parade began about two weeks later with a line of Miners Union workers 250 men strong who marched through the mining settlement of Bullion east of town, later collecting at the mouth of Croy Canyon.

“At the Bullion Street Bridge they alighted, walked into town with banners flying and the band playing, marched up Main Street to the post office, and counter marched to the corner of Main and Bullion Streets,” Picotte wrote in 1883. The miners were joined by a procession over a mile long that included Grand Marshal W.T. Riley and Assistant Marshals J.A. Rupert, Mans Coffin, Don McKay and S.J. Freidman, many of whom still have descendants in town 133 years later. A “couple of hundred” vehicles of every kind, from hay wagons to family carriages, some carrying 50 people each, made it to Dorsey’s Grove in the sweltering heat. Some 3,000 people gathered to hear E.O. Wheeler, poet of the day, from Ketchum, read “Hail Columbia, Gem of the Ocean,” a song that, at the time, vied with “The Star-Spangled Banner” for national anthem status.

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subjects such as the “pauper labor contract, anarchists and justice to the silver miners.” The Red Stocking Nine baseball team of Hailey played the Gate City Nine of Bellevue. Picotte reported that the umpire made so many bad calls against Hailey that the team walked away rather than finish the game. “The Red Stocking refused to continue, although they could readily have vanquished their opponents,” he wrote. In 1890, the year Idaho was granted statehood, Hailey held a parade that was seen by 2,000 visitors. Miners from nearby camps came to town to be “citizens for a day,” wrote McKercher. “The streets were alive with bunting and evergreen.” The procession included the Hailey Brass Band, drills by the Col. F Idaho Guards, the Hailey Hose Company fire department and orators who spoke about sub-

jects such as the “pauper labor contract, anarchists and justice to the silver miners.” “Hordes of miners” carrying flags from the War Dance, Triumph, Red Elephant and other mines marched proudly through the streets. By 1911 the mining boom had gone bust, but excursion trains brought hundreds of celebrants to Hailey, so many that the nearby towns of Ketchum, Bellevue and even the distant towns of Picabo and Carey had to take in house guests to accommodate them all. That year floats of all kinds became a feature in the parade, balls were “crowded to suffocation” and trap shooting was added to the by-now famous Hailey horse-racing track, where Nelson’s Ballfield exists today. The Golden Jubilee Celebration of 1931 featured “street sports,” a horse show and double drilling contests on the Legionnaire’s Pavilion and a parade of wedding gowns. One float carried Maxine Walker wearing a 50-year-old gown of Mrs. M.J. Friedman. Billie Horn was the Goddess of Liberty. During that time, the pioneer heritage of the town was suitably old enough to celebrate with an exhibit of photos and artifacts at the Freidman Building on Main Street. During the war years, no horns blew during the Fourth of July parades in Hailey, wrote McKercher. Instead there were baby shows and free movies, and a pet and pony. Contests now included a “colored vs. white miners” baseball game. The game was “won handily in 1944 by the blacks 9-0,” McKercher wrote. By the early 1950s, the Sawtooth Rangers Days of the Old West Rodeo in Hailey had become a big part of the parade, with riders marching down Main Street to the rodeo arena. They included Floyd Wilson, Julio Astorquia and Ollie and Mrs. Glenn, followed in later years by Rupert and Bonnie House, and Ted and Maxine Uhrig. Ted Uhrig’s aunt Chrystal Harper took care to make sure the stock animals had enough See PARADE, next page


Key moments in American Revolutionary history Revolution was preceded by British injustices By METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION Americans celebrate their independence from British rule every July Fourth. Celebrations typically include fireworks, parades and parties. While the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 was a seminal moment in both American and world history, the following are some notable events that took place in the years preceding 1776 and helped to shape the country now known as the United States of America. 1765: The passage of the Stamp Act marked the first major form of taxation on British colonists living in what is now America. The act imposed taxes on printed materials to help offset the costs of British troops in the colonies and replenish British debts. Colonists were upset that they had no say in how taxes were levied or how the money would be spent. 1767: After repealing the Stamp Act, Britain imposed the Townshend Acts, a series of taxes on various British goods, including tea. Again, colonists were outraged, spurring a boycott on British goods. 1770: The Boston Massacre involved a crowd of colonists and a collection of British soldiers. The soldiers opened fire on the crowd, killing five and wounding six others. This incident helped increase anti-British sentiments in the colonies. 1773: A few years after the Boston Massacre, colonists boarded British ships in the Boston harbor and threw the tea into the sea as protest against the Tea Act. Known as the Boston Tea Party, this event proved a catalyst for revolution. 1774: After the Intolerable Acts aimed to punish colonists for the Boston Tea Party, delegates from 12 of the original 13 colonies met

illegally to form the First Continental Congress. They convened to discuss plans for dealing with various British offenses. Congress also developed political statements against the British and urged people to boycott British goods. The first president of this Congress was Payton Randolph. John Hancock was appointed president the following year after the monarchy ignored the first Congress’ petition. 1775: The British governor of Massachusetts sent several hundred British troops to seize military supplies from the colonists at Concord. When the colonists discovered the plan, they sent their own militia to intercept the forces at Lexington. The British would win at Lexington but were defeated at Concord. Throughout 1775, many other clashes between colonists and British troops took place, eventually culminating in an event that would forever change American history. 1776: On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, which formally proclaimed American colonies independent from Britain. However, Britain was not willing to bend to colonists’ wishes. 1776-1783: Several battles took place during this time period, including Moore’s Creek Bridge, Sullivan’s Island and Fort Washington. France was brought into the war in 1777. A successful seaand-land campaign of American and French armies led to the surrender of British troops at Yorktown. 1783: Nearly two decades after colonists began voicing their displeasure with British laws, the American Revolution formally ended on Sept. 3, 1783, with the Treaty of Paris. The British Empire accepted defeat and recognized the independence of the United States of America.

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Parade Hailey parade has evolved through the years Continued from previous page water and shade, calling the cops if they did not. In 1956, the city’s parade featured kangaroo courts and dunk tanks, can-can girl dance lines. Thirteen ladies of “vintage years” were pronounced queens and paraded downtown with attendants in tow. “The men, not to be outdone, grew beards, sideburns and moustaches and sported dandy attire,” McKercher wrote. “Tom Walker and Art Ensign Jr. won handily in the beard growing and natty attire contest.” During the 1960s, Teddy Hawkes and Ryan Mallon’s Frontier Town Productions brought a chorus line to the rodeo arena. In 1962, Joe Guezeraga and Wally Young started the Fourth of July barbecues in Hailey, which persisted for decades, aided by Leo Stavros and George Lewis. In later years, many smaller barbe-

cues and family gatherings took its place. At some point, the Hailey Hellers Shootout Crew began taking to Main Street during Fourth of July festivities, for a re-enactment of what had once been actual outlaw behavior, followed in later years by the Black Jack Ketchum Shootout Gang. Due to public input, these dramatic re-enactments have also been discontinued. Local and state politicians still ride by on horseback and in vintage automobiles. The parade is largely a celebration of local businesses, livestock and youth bands and nonprofits. The Hailey Fourth of July parade today has many vestiges of days gone by, including an ice cream social. The horse races at Werthheimer Park are long gone, but the Days of the Old West Rodeo is still going strong, thanks to the enduring Sawtooth Rangers.


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Tips for hosting a fun 4th of July party By METRO CREATIVE CONNECTION The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate in the United States. Much about July makes the fourth day of the month the ideal time to celebrate. School is out, the weather is warm and the generally relaxed attitude of summer has typically set in by the first week of July. People tasked with hosting Fourth of July festivities may not feel the same pressure when hosting such gatherings that they would when hosting more formal affairs. The relaxed nature of summer often pervades Fourth of July festivities, but hosts can still take a crash course in summer hosting to ensure everyone has a good time.

Don’t try to break the mold







Some hosts may be tempted to think outside the box in regard to the foods and beverages they’ll serve at their Fourth of July parties. While hosts can still experiment and serve new foods and creative cocktails at their parties, many guests will be anticipating some Fourth of July staples, such as grilled hot dogs and hamburgers and cold beer and lemonade. Making sure such foods and beverages are served alongside more experimental fare won’t disappoint traditionalists, and those looking for something beyond the norm won’t be disappointed, either.

Embrace the red, white and blue When decorating, opt for red, white and blue decorations. This gives the party a distinctly Fourth of July feel. Red, white and blue napkins and tablecloths are readily available come July, and hosts with a gift

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for crafts can even create their own decorations to use year after year.

Prepare to entertain Unlike holiday season gatherings that typically begin in the evening, Fourth of July parties tend to begin in the afternoon and extend into the night. That means hosts must not just feed their guests, but entertain them as well. Since Fourth of July parties tend to take place outdoors, plan lots of backyard games, such as badminton, bocce, Wiffle ball, horseshoes and more. Hosts with swimming pools should have pool games readily available as well. Encourage guests to bring a change of clothes or swimsuits if games will involve water or something that might soil their clothing. If you have a pool, purchase some pool games so swimmers can do more than just wade in the water or take a few laps. Plan a Wiffle® ball game for kids and dig some horseshoe pits or buy a ring toss set so adults can engage in some friendly competition as well.



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Hosts should not succumb to pressure, real or perceived, to supply fireworks at their Fourth of July parties. Fireworks can lead to injuries and accidents and are best left to the professionals who put on community fireworks shows. Discourage guests from bringing their own fireworks by making it known they will be asked to leave the party if they do.

Arrange transportation home for guests To make sure everyone gets home safe and sound, arrange in advance for some guests to serve as designated drivers. Hosts also should abstain from consuming alcohol during the party so they can get people home safe if necessary. Keep a list of local taxi company phone numbers on hand and encourage guests who plan to consume alcohol to use ridesharing apps to get to and from the party. Fourth of July festivities typically are less formal than other celebrations, but hosts still must plan their parties to ensure everyone has a fun, safe Independence Day.

How to display, fold your American flag Learning the best way to handle Old Glory By PETER JENSEN


Leave the fireworks to the professionals

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The fireworks have long since silenced, the barbecue has been cleaned up and the patriotic decorations have been stored for another year. The Fourth of July celebrations are over, and all you have left to do is take down your American flag. It’s not as simple as it might seem, and it’s certainly not like folding a bed sheet. Properly folding the flag requires adhering to specific procedures. Custom dictates that no portion of the flag should touch the ground. Keeping that in mind, find another person to help you fold your flag. Standing opposite each other, hold the flag at your waists so it’s parallel to the floor. Take the lower half and fold it lengthwise, making sure the striped portion will cover the stars. Then, fold it lengthwise once more, with the stars ending up on the outside. After that, have your partner hold the folded flag’s stars at one end. On your end, take one corner and fold it up to the edge, making a triangle. Take the pointed edge and fold it inward, so

all corners of the flag form a rectangle. Continue that process of folding the flag into triangles until you have a triangle of blue stars left. Now the folded flag is ready for storage. Don’t forget that displaying the flag also has certain customs to follow as well. When on a wall, the flag should be arranged flat, so the stars portion will appear in the upper left to viewers. That’s true whether the flag is hanging vertically or horizontally. If it’s being displayed in a cross with another flag, the American flag should appear on the left side to an observer. If it’s in a display of more than two flags, the American flag should be oriented in the center. Custom also suggests only displaying the flag during the daylight hours, from sunrise to sunset, unless you have lights to illuminate it at night. Federal law states that the American flag is considered a living symbol, and therefore it shouldn’t be left out during periods of rain or snow, or in windstorms, unless it’s designed to handle those kinds of weather.




FOUf RTH C a l e n d a r o JULY WEDNESDAY, JUL 03 Eric Lindell Concert: Sun Valley Records present a free live concert in Ketchum Town Square, Fourth St. and East Ave., Ketchum. Kick off the celebrations early! 5-8 p.m. 206-979-6995. Sawtooth Rangers Rodeo: The rodeo brings all the best of the west to Hailey. Enjoy bull riding, roping, barrel racing, bronco riding, bareback racing mutton bustin' and more in this three-day event. $6-$15. Hailey Rodeo Arena, South Main Street, next to Campion Ice House, Hailey. 6 p.m. Live Music to start the 4th of July: Special Wednesday Night Music with the Dirty Shames rocking the house. No cover. Silver Dollar Saloon, 101 S Main St, Bellevue. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. 208721-2855.

THURSDAY, JUL 04 Hailey's New Antique & Art Show 2019: Featuring over 40 antique and vintage vendors, a mechanical bull and beer garden. New vendors welcome. Call Blue Cow at 208-312-4900 or email Robert McKercher Park, S. Third Ave. and Main St., Hailey. All day. Pancake Breakfast: The University of Idaho Extension, Blaine County 4-H Club. Families offer up a hot full breakfast of homemade pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, and more. Grange Hall, S. Third Ave., Hailey. It's the perfect way to fuel up for the long, fun day ahead. 7:30-10:30 a.m.

5K Fun Run - Tutus and Tennis Shoes: A fun run/walk to support the Sun Valley Ballet Foundation. The first 40 participants will receive a free race tutu! Your registration includes a free post-race hot dog, beer for those aged 21 and older, or lemonade. First Ave., Hailey. 9 a.m. 4th Of July Celebration: Come celebrate the holiday! The Mint, 116 South Main St , Hailey. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. music@, 208-788-6468. Bellevue Artist Alliance Exhibit and Open House: The Bellevue Artist Alliance is coming to Hailey. Ten Alliance artists will be exhibiting their work. Former Barkin Basement, 111 S. Main Street, Hailey. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This event continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 208 921-3968. Hailey 4th of July Parade: Celebrating Independence Day with entries from around the valley. Parade travels down Main Street, starting at Myrtle and ending at Cedar St. Registration check-in at Pine and River Streets begins 10 a.m. Main Street, Hailey. 12 p.m. Sawtooth Rangers Rodeo: The rodeo brings all the best of the west to Hailey. Enjoy bull riding, roping, barrel racing, bronco riding, bareback racing mutton bustin' and much more in this three-day event. $6-$15. Hailey Rodeo Arena, South Main Street, next to Campion Ice House, Hailey. 6 p.m.

5th Annual RiverFest: The festivities will kick off immediately following Hailey's famous Days of the Old West Parade. RiverFest has lots to offer for everyone in the family, including great food and a beer garden, live music, a kid's carnival, and games, but the real purpose of the event has always been to get the community to celebrate our wonderful Big Wood River. Lions Park, Bullion St., Hailey. 1-5 p.m. Sun Valley Fourth of July Celebration: Join for a plethora of family-friendly activities in the village before the fireworks! Face-painting, wagon rides, lawn games, bouncy house, balloon animals, the famous kids' train, ice cream, live music and more. Sun Valley Village. 1-5 p.m. Stanley Fourth of July Parade: Parade, street dance and fireworks to celebrate the Fourth! Stanley. 5:30 p.m. Doghaus: Tom Archie, Henno Heitur, Jason Vontver, Beck Vontver play eclectic rock covers and originals. Limelight Hotel, 151 S. Main St, Ketchum. 6-9 p.m. Tom Archie,, 208-578-4550. Like a Rocket: We are so excited to welcome Like a Rocket back on the 4th of July! The perfect solution to what to do after the parade and before the fireworks! Free and family friendly. Mahoney's Bar and Grill, 104 South Main, Bellevue. 6:30-9:30 p.m. 208-7884449. Sun Valley on Ice: No one does skating like we do. Every summer, we deliver an original season of summer ice shows highlighting new stars and impressive athletic routines. U.S. National Champions Alysa Liu and Ryan Bradley kick off the series. $49. Sun Valley Ice Rink, 1 Sun Valley Rd., Sun Valley. 8 p.m. Live Music for the 4th of July Weekend: DJ B-Rad spins the tunes after the fireworks. Silver Dollar Saloon, 101 S Main St, Bellevue. 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. 208-721-2855.

FRIDAY, JUL 05 Sun Valley Story Tour: Free one-hour tour with a guide aboard the Blue Route to learn about the area's most historic locales. Visitor Center, 491 Sun Valley Rd, Ketchum. 10:15-11:15 a.m. Kim MacPherson,, 208-788-7433. DockDogs: Speed. Distance. Tenacity. All will be tested at this year's DockDogs event. Bring family and friends for a day filled with fun, and to see how some of the best athletes among us may just walk on four legs. Washington Ave. and Forest Service Park, between First and River Streets, Ketchum. 4:30 p.m. Gallery Walk: Galleries around Ketchum open their doors for a free evening of art and wine. Various galleries, around Ketchum. 5 p.m. City of Rocks Art Exhibit at the ERC: The Environmental Resource Center will be open for the Sun Valley Gallery Association's Gallery Walk for the first local showing of local artist Poo Wright-Pulliam's City of Rocks exhibit. Complimentary beverages will be served at this event and Wright-Pulliam will be present to share the stories behind her work. ERC, 471 Washington Ave, Ketchum. 5-6 p.m. 208-726-4333. Doghaus: Henno Heitur, Brian Galbraith, Tom Archie, Jason Vontver, and Beck Vontver play eclectic improvisational rock. Redfish Lake Lodge, Redfish Lake, near Stanley. 6-8 p.m. Ballet Sun Valley: San Francisco Ballet performing two distinct programs. Program A (July 5), will include a thirtyminute ballet, a collection of shorter dances and excerpts from classical ballets. Program B (July 7), will be a mixed repertory-style performance with three longer, contemporary works from the Company's Unbound Festival. $50-$500. Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Road, Sun Valley. 7:30 p.m.


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Live Music: Early Music starts at 7 p.m. followed by Jensen Buck then the Jukebox Widowmakers rock the house at 9:30 p.m. Silver Dollar Saloon, 101 S Main St, Bellevue. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. 208721-2855. Swagger - Irish Rock!: Well known for their high-energy stage performances and catchy original songs, Swagger's music is the expected Irish celebration of drink, mischief, and music, which also dares to explore oppression and take an emigrant's perspective on the virtues and vices of the Irish-American culture. Sun Valley Brewery, 202 N Main St, Hailey. 8-10 p.m. 208-788-0805. Ida-hoedown with The Weary Boys: Kick up your boots with some line dancing, country swing dancing, coyote ugly dancers, and an amazing performance from The Weary Boys! The Mint, 116 South Main St, Hailey. 8:30 p.m. The Mint,, 208-7886468. The Weary Times: Rock out to live music as the Boise-based band makes its Ketchum debut. $5. Whiskey Jacques', Main Street, Ketchum. 9 p.m. Pisten Bully's: Live music. No cover. Warfield Distillery & Brewery, 280 N Main St., Ketchum. 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

SATURDAY, JUL 06 DockDogs: Speed. Distance. Tenacity. All will be tested at this year's DockDogs event. Bring family and friends for a day filled with fun, and to see how some of the best athletes among us may just walk on four legs. Washington Ave. and Forest Service Park, between First and River Streets, Ketchum. 4:30 p.m. Live Music with Mark Mueller: No cover, music out on the deck. Lefty's, 231 Sixth St. E., Ketchum. 6-9 p.m.

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