Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Hailey to ‘let the good times roll’

Rodeo, bike racing and big parade highlight the week


By TONY EVANS
Express Staff Writer

The Hailey Days of the Old West Parade on the Fourth of July will feature some 100 entries making their way down a mile-long stretch on Main Street. Photo by Mountain Express

Hailey shines each Fourth of July with a historic rodeo, antiques markets, a colorful parade and fireworks. This year's theme is "Let the good times roll."

The Sawtooth Rangers Days of the Old West Rodeo, now in its 67th year, will begin Monday, July 2, and run through Wednesday, July 4, with a bull riding grand finale. Pre-rodeo shows begin at 6:30 p.m. with the rodeo starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase at the Hailey Chamber of Commerce, Atkinsons' Markets and, if they're not sold out, on site at the Hailey Rodeo Arena on the day of the event.

Hailey's Fourth of July activities start bright and early on the morning of Independence Day with the traditional Pancake Breakfast at the Grange Hall, 609 Third Ave. South. This popular event will take place from 7-11 a.m.

The Children's Carnival will begin on Main Street next at 314 N. Main St. at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m., featuring inflatable rides and water games. Tickets are $10 for all you can ride all day long. Bring your swimsuit. At 10:30 a.m., the Sun Valley Brewery will host live music from Swagger.

The Fourth of July Parade starts at noon, with about 100 entries, including antique tractors, marching bands, horse-drawn coaches and local politicians looking for some exposure.

This year the Hailey Fourth of July Committee honors Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as the grand marshal. Bergdahl is a Wood River Valley resident and America's only prisoner of war in Afghanistan. A yellow 1955 Ford Thunderbird owned by Dick and Penny Weiss will be driven in the parade in Bergdahl's honor.

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Chamber spokeswoman Geegee Lowe said the Hailey Fourth of July Committee wants to stress safety to the public, asking that spectators stay on the street perimeter and not approach the entries for candy.

"Candy will be given out at the very end, and volunteers will pass candy out to children that are on the sidewalks," Lowe said.

The Hailey Rotary has been hard at work selling tickets for Road Apple Roulette. Winners will be announced live during the parade. For more information on prizes and tickets, visit www.roadappleroulette.com.

Immediately following the parade, the Hailey Fourth of July Criterium Bike Race will take place on an exciting four-corner circuit in downtown Hailey. To enter the race, contact the Hailey Chamber of Commerce at (208) 788-3484.

A good way to round out the afternoon will be to have a scoop at the Ice Cream Social, hosted by The Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Hailey, located in the historic Ezra Pound house at 314 Second Ave South.

The Company of Fools will present "Das Barbecu" at 7 p.m. at the Liberty Theatre on Main Street on the evening of the Fourth, a fun nonstop musical with laughs as big as the great state of Texas. This event is a "Pay What You Feel" performance, with each attendee setting the cost of their seat in the theater.

At 7:30 p.m. the Sawtooth Rangers begin their last night of the Days of the Old West Rodeo, with the grand finale fireworks taking place on the east side of town at dusk.

Fans of the city-sponsored fireworks can make a donation to the fireworks fund by filling donation jars at Hailey businesses, or go to the city of Hailey's website, www.cityofhailey.org, to make a donation.

Tony Evans: tevans@mtexpress.com




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