It's the flagstaff weekend for the summer, folks, and we're all looking forward to a three-day break in the Wood River Valley. The streets of Hailey will be humming with activity while up north in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, the campsites and forests will be full of visitors from all over the world.
On Monday, the Fourth of July, the annual Independence Day Parade celebrating 130 years of history will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Main Street in Hailey. I'm really looking forward to this one because I've been asked to announce the parade for my first time. In the past several years, I've been honored to announce the Wagon Days Parade along with other local veterans of Ketchum and did the same for the Trailing of the Sheep Parade in October for eight straight years. It will be great to see all my friends in the south county and their families again because the onlookers are true locals, some having been here for generations—love you, folks.
From the early-morning pancake breakfast at the Wood River Grange to the Children's Carnival next to Bank of America, to the antique show in Roberta McKercher Park and the 11th annual Merry Birthday America Event at Rebecca's in Bellevue, to the Black Jack Shootout Gang's performance in front of the Mint on Hailey's Main Street, to the flyover from Mountain Home Air Force Base followed by the parade, to the Fourth of July Bike Criterium right after, and with a visit at the Ice Cream Social and the Hope Garden and the Souper Supper, to the grand finale of the Days of the Old West Rodeo and the Hailey Fourth of July Fireworks with music by the 25th Army Band, Hailey and the south county will be the place to be.
Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, baked beans, chips and sodas will fill our bellies as the townspeople of Hailey literally will take over Main Street to dance, laugh and sing as they await the results of roadapple roulette (you know what I mean). And, we can only hope we'll see the return of the "Power EngiNerds" this year in all their glory.
So, get ready to party ye Wood River Valley dwellers, and, as always, nice talking to you.