Granby Parade attracts large crowd, winners announced |

Granby Parade attracts large crowd, winners announced

Reid Armstrong / Sky-Hi NewsThe Westernaires ride high during the Granby Fourth of July Parade on Saturday.

Granby’s Biggest Small Town Parade was once again a huge success with more than 50 entries. The crowds gathered three and four deep along Agate Avenue to watch the floats, cars and animals parade.

Grand County Veterans presented the flag with the National Anthem playing followed by a parade of emergency personnel with their sirens blazing.

The parade marshals, representing the theme of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, waved to the crowd. Emily Howell Warner represented the planes in her pilot’s uniform as the first female commercial pilot; Dave Naples, represented the trains in his conductor’s uniform as the president of Grand County Model Railroad Club and the Moffat Road Railroad Museum; and, Mike Garrett, owner of High Country Motors in Granby, represented the automobiles as the first family with a car dealership in Grand County.

Children waited for candy to fly from the floats to the curb where they raced to pick them up while parents watched to make sure they didn’t go too close to the parade.

Grand County pilots flew their homemade planes over the parade in formation. Harry “Slim” Hoisington once again brought up the end of the parade with his ever-changing auto.

Three judges were pulled from the spectators to determine the best of the entries. Their decisions were difficult as they tried to decide on the best of the best.

Auto Category:

1st Place: East Grand District 4 restored 1930 American Lafrance Fire Engine which was used in the Fraser Valley until 1970.

2nd Place: Grand County Beach Boys: Entered the parade “Because we want to celebrate the Fourth”

3rd Place: Mayor Jynnifer Pierro’s “Kiss a Pig” Campaign Crew: Raising money for the honor to pucker up to a pig at this year’s livestock sale at the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo. Proceeds will benefit Grand County 4-H and 4-H scholarship fund.

Marching Category:

1st Place: Girl Scouts Snow Shoe Unit: Founded in 1912 the Girl Scouts earn leadership, courage and confidence while building character through caring leaders.

2nd Place: Cub Scout Pack 104: The boys learn valuable skills for the future while having fun with other boys in the area. Grade 1-4, join them today.

3rd Place: Country Ace Hardware, Brick House 40 and Country Home Outfitters: Whether coming by Plane, Train or Automobile, stop, shop and eat in Granby at Country Ace Hardware, Brick House 40 and Country Home Outfitters

Float Category:

1st Place: Legacy Building Specialties: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s Legacy Man! His auto is fashioned from near to good condition building materials from Rocky Mountain Re-Source and Re Use Center at Legacy Building Specialties.

2nd Place: Snow Mountain Ranch: By Planes Trains and Automobiles the world comes to Snow Mountain Ranch YMCA of the Rockies – one of the crowning jewels of Granby. Welcome the international employees and volunteers from Snow Mountain Ranch.

3rd Place: Brenda Morrow: Candidate for Grand County Treasurer with her friends and family.

Animal Category:

1st Place: Westernaires: World Renown youth riding out of Jefferson County. They perform all over the US and Canada.

2nd Place: Sombrero Ranch and Sermon on the Mount: Stagecoach driven by Brian Buchanan. Sombrero Ranch offers a variety of horse trail rides and wagon rides daily. Located at Snow Mountain Ranch, YMCA of the Rockies. Planes, Trains and Automobiles will NEVER be as good as ole Horse Power.

3rd Place: High Country Trails and Vans: Trail rides, bbq’s, pack trips, fishing trips and hunting trips by multi or one horse power.

Over All Entry Winner: Alpine Aerials Competition Gymnastics Team: Coached by Hoppy Hayes, Jenny Kreig, Christine Erickson and Jessa Wenstrom.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all the participants for making this the best Independence Day parade ever.