Friday, July 19, 2013

Carey to celebrate Pioneer Days this weekend

Event marks LDS heritage


    Carey Pioneer Days events will take place this weekend, July 19-20, highlighted by a rodeo and parade.
    Pioneer Days celebrates the arrival of Mormon settlers to the Carey area in the 1880s.
    This year’s theme is “Carey on our heritage.” The theme coincides with the installation of signs at the town’s entrances this spring that say “Welcome to Carey” on the arrival side and “Carey on. So long, friends” on the departing side.
    The rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Carey Rodeo Grounds on Main Street.
    A four-on-four volleyball tournament will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Carey City Park. Cost is $10 per person. To register, call Cody Farnworth at 720-9816.
    The Pioneer Days Parade will take place Saturday at 10 a.m. Following will be a community lunch at the Blaine County Fairgrounds. Cost is $5 per person and $20 per family.
    A fruit stand will be set up on Main Street on Friday afternoon and Saturday to sell melons and corn from Hagerman-area farms.
    Grand marshals for this year’s parade are Bob and Irma Adamson, proprietors of longtime Carey institution Adamson’s Inc.
    “Bob and Irma have always been very supportive in many different areas over many, many years,” City Councilwoman Bonnie Olsen said.
    Bob, 82, said his great-grandfather, a mining engineer in Park City, Utah, brought his family to Carey about 1895.
    “He wanted to get his family out of the mines,” Bob said, “to give them a better life.”
    He said the family business opened in 1900 as a general store, and has been many things since then, including a car dealership. Now it’s a grocery store and wholesale fuel distributor.
    Bob said Irma, 80, was born in Carey and grew up in the Fish Creek area.
    Bob was instrumental in organizing a water and sewer district in Carey in the late 1970s and ’80s. He said he was flattered that the City Council had chosen him and Irma as grand marshals, but insisted that most of his work in the community had just been “in the background.”
Greg Moore: gmoore@mtexpress.com




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