Friday, July 20, 2012

Carey to celebrate its history

Event to commemorate Mormon arrival

Express Staff Writer

This weekend the town of Carey will commemorate the arrival of Brigham Young to Salt Lake City in 1847 with a rodeo, parade and other festivities. Known as Pioneer Days, these events are open to public and provide a taste of old Idaho community spirit.

Many of Young's followers decided to continue on from Salt Lake to California and Oregon on the Oregon Trail, some of them pushing carts because they had no oxen. Some of those Mormon pioneers took a shortcut known as the "Goodale Cutoff" between Fort Hall, Idaho, and Fort Boise. That path led them through a relatively lush area near the Wood River Valley—the future site of the city of Carey, about 50 miles southeast of Sun Valley.

For more than 150 years, descendents of those pioneers have farmed, ranched and built churches and schools in Carey. This weekend, many of them will return from around the country for Pioneer Days.

The theme of this year's Pioneer Days parade is "Recreation in Carey," highlighting what many people in the town hope will provide an economic boost: recreation and tourism.

For two summers, the town has helped organize mountain bike rides across the wide-open ranchlands that surround Carey. City leaders also recently completed the Boyd Stocking Pavilion to make the city more comfortable for campers, bikers and other visitors to town.


Grand Marshal Lawrence Kimball has added considerably to recreational opportunities by building a motocross track outside town.

The rodeo will begin tonight, July 20, at 8 p.m. at the Carey Rodeo Grounds on Main Street, and continue with a finals competition Saturday at 8 p.m.

Parade participants are asked to gather Saturday morning no later than 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Mountain View Drive and Panther Lane. Anyone with horse trailers should park near the watering hole nearby. To participate in the parade, call Amber at 721-0475. Same-day registration at the staging area will be accepted.

The Pioneer Days Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and proceed down Main Street, with Kimball riding an off-road motorcycle.

A community lunch will take place immediately after the parade under the covering at the Blaine County Fairgrounds. Cost for the luncheon will be $5 per person and $20 per family. The luncheon this year is a fundraiser for Boy Scout Troop 55. For more information, call James at 650-0620.

A four-on-four volleyball tournament on Saturday will begin at 8 a.m. at the Carey City Park. Cost is $10 per person. To register, call Cody Farnworth at 720-9816.

Pioneer Days is a prelude to the 4H Horse show, which will be held at the fairgrounds on Aug. 3-4. The city of Carey and the Pioneers Alliance will dedicate the Boyd Stocking Pavilion prior to the 4H event.

Tony Evans:

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