Wolf Point held its annual parades during the Wild Horse Stampede weekend, July 12 and 13.
Out of all of the floats that were displayed in the “90 Years of Memories and Dreams” parade, there was only one that could take home top prize.
The Spotted Bull Recovery Resource Center took home the title of Grand Overall Winner at the parade.
In addition to capturing the title of Grand Overall Winner, the resource center’s float also took first-place in the Best Commercial category.
In other categories, Best Novelty went to Shawn Boysun, while Best Civic/Political Organization went to the American Legion Junior Auxiliary and Best Cultural Heritage went to Fort Peck Community College. Ian Flynn won Best Youth, while the Fort Peck Youth and Family Activity Committee won Best Youth Organization. The Wolf Point High School Class of 1953 defeated three other Wolf Point graduating classes to win Best Adult Organization.
Besides the floats, there were also several horseriders in the parade, who walked away with honors.
Kaitlyn Jameson was awarded both Grand Overall and Youth Costume.
The family category went to the Kirn Family. Youth Cowgirl went to Emma Gourneau while Youth Cowboy went to Cole Grandchamp.
Adult Cowboy went to Pete Stump and Adult Cowgirl went to Dani Fourbear. Adult Pair went to Davey Madison and Will Lake. Loren Bisbee won the Wagon/Hitches category.
Update, Sept. 18, 2017 – Over the years I had the opportunity to attend and cover local parades. It’s always fun to see different businesses and organizations participate in parades and take part in a community event. It’s also good to see people venture out of their homes and enjoy a local event. And the floats are always beautiful to look at.
At this year’s Ritzville Community Parade, one of the Ritzville Police Officers played the “Cops” theme song from his vehicle. I opted to give them all of the awards I could think of. On some occasions, the Cheney Free Press has participated in parades. That gave me a sense of pride because it felt good to see the company I worked for doing something other than covering an event.
I’ve added, “Ride in a parade” to my bucket list.