Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy Independence Day - A Hometown Celebration

Our first 4th of July Celebration in our new town and state, turned out to be one of the most fun and inexpensive we've ever had.  Usually we go camping, which isn't a really expensive way to go, but there is something about taking advantage of your hometown celebrations (whenever they may be.)Grangeville, ID has the oldest running rodeo over the Independence Day holiday in the state of Idaho.  You can go HERE to check it out.  There were many activities to go to for three days this last week (hence why I wasn't posting - we were too busy taking in everything!)
Each morning, there were foot races on the Main street.  Each age group would run and then the top three winners would get a cash prize.

The Preschool aged kids each got a $.50 piece just for running in the race!
After the foot race, there was a Mega Egg toss.  Thousands of eggs were passed out on main street and the final pair with their eggs also got a cash prize.

 Each afternoon, there was a parade, which of course, we had to attend.  We love all the horses and beautiful chaps!

The main event of the week was the rodeo each night!  We were so excited to take the kids for the first time, and it did not disappoint!  Best of all, the first night was Family Night where the entire family gets in to the rodeo for only $25!  What a great bargain for a family of 7!  It was a total of four hours long!
We were all impressed with the speed and grace of all the rodeo ladies!  Here are the Border Day Princesses speeding around the arena in the opening ceremonies.

You have to love the broncos and the bulls - I may post about them more, because I have some beautiful pictures of the night.  I especially loved the chaps!

And of course, what Independence Day wouldn't be complete with a fireworks show?  We went out of town and watched the fireworks from the prairie.  It really made our hearts swell with pride to know that we live in a country where we are free to follow our dreams of living in the West!

What about you?  How did you celebrate your freedom this week?