Granby parade kicks off Grand County Fourth of July festivities
July 6, 2008
With plenty of flags, fire engines, floats, horses, marchers and candy thrown to the crowds along Agate Avenue, the town of Granby celebrated the nations Independence Day by putting on another spectacular Fourth of July Parade. More than 2,000 spectators crammed the sidewalks along the towns main street as the hour-long parade took place Friday morning. Immediately afterwards, many went to the towns Polhamus Park to enjoy a barbecue, games and live music. A highlight of the parade was a flyover by four Colorado Air National Guard jet fighters in tight formation about 500 feet above the length of Agate Ave. The theme of this years parade was a salute to Grand Countys veterans. Appropriately, the Fourth of July parade was led by a color guard and float made up of several local veterans and members of American Legion Post 88 in Granby. They were also the Grand Marshals for Fridays parade.Grand County salutes all the past, present and future veterans of our nations military, said Sharon Brenner, director of the Granby Chamber of Commerce, which organized the parade. We want to thank veterans for your faithful and dedicated service. We all remember those who have paid the supreme sacrifice, their families and friends. God bless America.Fridays parade had more than 60 entries. The three judges, who were selected at random from the crowd, picked the winning entries, which are:Motorized category first place, Sani-King; second place, Grand County Rumble; third place, Elizabeth Oldham for District AttorneyAnimal category first place, Flintstone Gravel & Trucking Inc.; second place, Flying Heels Rodeo; third place, Rocky Mountain National Park Animal Packers & Trail CrewFloats category first place, Cub Scout Pack 104; second place, Summer Fun; third place, YMCA of the Rockies-Snow Mountain Ranch (Note: The YMCA also wanted to thank all the firefighters who saved the YMCA in the 2007 fire at the ranch.)Marching category first place, Granby Branch of the Church of Latter Day Saints Handcart Heroes; second place, Granby Ranch; third place, Grand County VeteransBest Overall category High Altitude Automotive.The main sponsor of Granbys 2008 Fourth of July Parade was U.S. Bank. The Chamber also wants to thank NRC Broadcastings KRKY/AM930 for their assistance.It was a great parade, Brenner said. Its success was all due to our 20 volunteers who worked so hard to put it on. We also want to thank our announcers, Annie Oium and Gary Redfield of KRKY. While Granbys Fourth of July Parade always kicks of the holiday weekend in Grand County, the festivities continued Friday night with massive fireworks displays in Grand Lake, Kremmling and Fraser. Granby rounded out the holiday weekend with its own fireworks extravaganza on Saturday night, after the final rodeo of the Flying Heels Rodeo Series at the arena on U.S. Highway 40.