Friday, July 23, 2010

Ketchum comes alive in celebration

First-responder demos and live music was fun for all ages

Express Staff Writer

Brady Brewer, left, and Ryder Brewer, of Seattle, enjoy the afternoon festivities to celebrate the work of firefighters and first responders. Photo by David N. Seelig

A Celebration of Mountain Life came on a picturesque day in Ketchum on Wednesday, July 21, bringing the community together to celebrate living in the Wood River Valley. The multi-faceted event began at noon at River Run with the Sun Valley and Ketchum fire departments giving kids and parents an opportunity to become more familiar with fire-fighting equipment.

"The demonstrations were great, and it was so neat," said A Celebration of Mountain Life organizer Julie Gallagher. "There were kids in the fire truck buckets and lots of user-friendly demos for them."

The day continued at 5 p.m. at River Run Lodge with live music with the Disciples of Rock, Kole Moulton & the Lonely Road and headliner Dave Mason.

"I think it was obvious how much all the bands enjoy performing," Gallagher said. "This was our vision and it was a magic time."

Gallagher said the event was just what the Sun Valley Ski Patrol and all the organizers wanted it to be, with more than 200 volunteers and lots of families with children. More than 2,800 people attended the concert, which also included Sun Valley Ski Patrol T-shirt sales, auction lots and a raffle. Proceeds will benefit Susie Michael and her son Jake, the family of Ketchum resident Tim Michael, who died last winter in an avalanche on Bald Mountain.

"Susie and Jake were overwhelmed," Gallagher said. "We did raise money up front to underwrite expenses to keep ticket prices low so it was accessible to everyone."

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