Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wagon Days to honor longtime volunteer

Jane Eittreim to serve as grand marshal

Express Staff Writer

    Jane Eittreim, who started as a Wagon Days volunteer 34 years ago, has been selected as this year’s grand marshal for the Labor Day weekend celebration of Ketchum’s mining heritage.
    The annual Wagon Days festival celebrates regional history, in part by showcasing the antique Lewis Ore Wagons that were used to haul ore from the mountains to a smelter in the Wood River Valley in the 1880s. 
    Eittreim has never had a public role in the festival, according to events coordinator Heather LaMonica Deckard, choosing instead to work behind the scenes.
    “Even when she worked full-time as a property manager, she found time to coordinate the picnic for the more than 400 parade participants each year,” Deckard said. “She also was one of the first organizers of the pancake breakfasts that raise money for the Papoose Club children’s programs.”
    Eittreim’s son Ryan serves as a brakeman on the wagon train every year and has volunteered in the parade since he was 5 years old, according to a news release.
    The weekend-long festival began over 50 years ago. The Big Hitch Parade—scheduled this year on Saturday, Aug. 30—features wagons, buggies and stagecoaches and ranks among the largest non-motorized parades in the Pacific Northwest.  
    “[Eittreim] represents the type of person who makes Ketchum such a wonderful community,” Mayor Nina Jonas said. “She has never sought recognition for herself but instead has simply done her part to make this a better place for all of us.”

About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.