71st Annual Trail Days brings the crowd to Pine Bluffs
Starting with the parade, going on to more
August 12, 2021
Oh give me land, lots of land under starry skies above, 'Beneath These Western Skies'! The very appropriate theme of Pine Bluffs Trail Days 2021, held August 5-7. The only issue is, the normally beautiful blue western sky has been choked by smoke from all the fires that are ravaging the countryside in and around Wyoming. However, that did not stop parade goers from lining both sides of Main Street on Saturday morning for the Trail Days parade. Very windy weather and the smoke in the area was thick but people were determined to enjoy the parade.
The Donald Eisenhauer American Legion Post and Unit 60 honor guard led the parade off with the posting of colors. Close behind was the American Legion float and the Patriot Guard Riders. Upon centering the park the Honor Guard came to a halt and presented arms for the playing of the National Anthem. Unfortunately there was a glitch in the recording and the last few lines were cut off. But lo and behold, the community took the bull by the horns, raised their voices and finished where the recording left off. Talk about a proud, extreme goose bump moment, it was amazing!
Queen Maegan Madden and Lady-in-Waiting Abby Gray followed behind the police, along with the Grand Marshals Jim and Marylyn Darden.
This year was a tough one with the loss of five past members of Trail Days. They were represented in the parade by their families in cars and on floats. The first car was in the memory of Kate Russell by her daughter and grandchildren. Russell helped everywhere, the Lion's club, melodrama, church, and more. The next car was in the memory of Bill Cushing with wife Mary Cushing and friends riding in it. Cushing was on the town council, the manager of the Texas Trail Market before his retirement and helped through different committees. The third car was for the memory of Billy Sanders drove by Jason Weller her grandson. Sanders was on the Trail Days committee for years. The pickup following was in the memory of Jim Mueller. He was a business man and with the committee also. The last of the five was the youngest who had passed away. The float in the memory of Conner Graves with all her family representing. Conner helped with the rodeo and other committees when she was a teenager and was a past Trail Days Queen. These people were special along with their families to the community. There was also a memorial for Bowman Irrigation, Dale Bowman.
The parade sported classic cars, life guards, bank, trucks, the Shriners, ponies, the electric company, and more. There were about fifty entries in the parade. Lots of candy for all viewers, children and adults. It was a time for all families and friends to visit.
Trail Days Parade entry winners:
Youth division: The Pine Bluffs Pool Crew. The pool lifeguards
Commerical division: Pine Bluffs Distilling.
Originality/ Best use of the parade theme: The Shriner's.
Best Horse /Riding Group: Mykala and McKenzie Loy led by their parents on their ponies.
Other: Memorial: Bowman Irrigation.