|The big parade was just that, BIG|
|July 18, 2013 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Best of Parade Grand Champion in the 2013 Oregon Trail Days parade was the Riverside Discovery Center float.
With the theme “Celebrating the Journey of the Pioneer Spirit,” about 70 entries participated in the 2013 edition of the Oregon Trail Days parade.
“This was the best parade we’ve had for a few years,” said John Ewing of the Oregon Trail Days Parade Committee. “We also had the Gering bands, dignitaries, cheerleading squads and some old cars.”
In addition to about 35 horses that participated, one of the big features of the parade was longhorn steers, making their third appearance in the parade. It was a perfect day for a parade as temperatures were warm, but not overbearing.
“I’ve had more people thank me this year for all the work we do to organize this annual parade,” Ewing said. “It’s nice to hear that.”
When the awards were passed out, the Best of Parade Grand Champion in the 2013 Oregon Trail Days parade was the Riverside Discovery Center.
In the Arts Division, first place went to the Cattlemen’s Ball of Nebraska 2014, Hoot Owl
Ranch. In second place was Theatre West, with a float promoting its upcoming show “Beauty and the Beast.”
In the Historical Division, Steel Grill was awarded first place for its float Stampede Saloon. In second place was Scotts Bluff County for its float in celebration of its 125th anniversary. And third place went to the City of Bayard for a float promoting its upcoming Pioneer Days.
In the Religious division, first place went to Faith Lutheran Church, second place to the First Church of God VBS program and in third place was the Gering Methodist Church.
Our Bright Future took first place in the Youth Division. Team Ashtyn was awarded second place and the Scottsbluff High School Cheer Squad was in third.
In the Commercial Floats division, Physical Therapy of the Bluffs took first place, followed by Platte Valley Companies in second and Nebraska Machinery Company in third.
In the horse category, division 1 was for horse and rider. In first place was Saloon Girls and Cindy Cleays took second. Division 2 was for small groups of riders, with Patriotic Country Girls placing first. In second was the Miss Kimball County PRCA Rodeo Queen and entourage. Division 3 was for large groups of riders and the Buckboard Therapeutic Ridding Academy took first place. In second was The Willeys of Gering.
Placing first in the animal drawn carriages was Anderson Driving Ponies of Scottsbluff.