From the fundraising auction to the fireworks bursting over Crawford Reservoir, this year's Pioneer Days was everything North Fork residents have come to expect of the traditional celebration.
The parade Saturday morning started with the American Legion presenting the colors.
Liz Heidrick and Tracy Cheatham sang the national anthem followed by a moment of silence for Terri Pitman and Jerry Sanders, who were parade icons for many years.
Grand marshal Susan Ayer was mounted on her horse. In 1962, Naomi Susan Albright moved to Crawford with her parents, Guy and Orpha, when the family opened "The Crawford Kitchen and Laundromat." Susan attended Crawford School and graduated from Paonia High School. She married Jim Ayer and worked alongside him on the Ayer Ranch for 39 years. She continues to reside on the ranch. She is owner and manager of the Stewart Homestead Cabin and involved with Colorado Homestead Ranches.
Together, she and Jim raised three children — Amy Peebles, James, and Justin Ayer. Susan has eight grandchildren, most of whom were in the parade. She is active in the community serving on the boards of Friends of Crawford Town Hall, First State Bank of Colorado, and the Crawford Chamber of Commerce. Susan loves the North Fork Valley, especially the Crawford area.
The Pioneer Days king and queen were Jerry and Alice Zeldenthuis. Zeldenthuis, the paradegoers were told, means "seldom at home."
Jerry and Alice went to and graduated from Crawford School. They married June 10, 1960. They made their home on Jerry's father's ranch on Piburn Flats. They ran sheep for several years then bought milk cows and sold cream to the Hotchkiss Creamery. In 1966 they went into the dairy business and ran it for 23 years. They now run beef cattle with their two sons, Lawrence and Ray.
Volunteer of the Year is John Barcus. John and Erlynne started the North Fork Trail Network to develop more trails. Crawford State Park contacted them and asked to build trails there. John was in charge of building and cleaning up the trails at the park. Every spring and summer you can see John out there picking up trash. He is also involved with repairing and painting the bridges. He is truly an asset to the Crawford community.
Best theme — Bait Box 'N More. Owners Gary and Tammy Broughton were also recognized for Crawford Chamber Business of the Year.
Grand champion — Izzi and Cece Houseweart and their friends Leona Myers, and Ashley Zimmer with Misty Bumble Bee hose representing Princess Beef and Immunity Farms.
Children — Grand champion — Izzi and Cece Houseweart and their friends Leona Myers, and Ashley Zimmer with Misty Bumble Bee hose representing Princess Beef and Immunity Farms, first place; Gilly's Gang, in support of their friend, second; Sharon's Kids, third. Sharon's Kids is a non-profit corporation serving the North Fork Valley youth through outdoor activities.
Individual adults — Marla Bishop and her goat Scotty Jr., first; pioneer family, Amanda Pipher and family, second; Colonel Sanders lookalike, Jim Zimmerle, third.
Groups — John Deere tractors driven by the Cunningham/Carr family, first; Wipe Out outhouse by Luke Atchley, second; Ute Trails Car Club, third.
Floats — Bait Box 'N More, Crawford's favorite mom and pop store, first; Saddle Mountain Church, second; Rotary Club of the North Fork, third.
Antique and classic cars — Western Colorado Shrine Club, first; 1937 English Ford driven by Lewis and Janet Wilkerson of the Ute Trails Car Club, second; 1970 Chevy Nova driven by Larry Rhiner, third.
Humor — "Lazy Hazy Daze," by Sharon's Kids, first; Wipe Out outhouse, second; Marla Bishop and goat Scotty Jr., third.
Judge's choice — Alfred Boyd Collins, first; Anna Smith, second; Donna Cochran, third.
People's choice — Nick and Joseph Nault, first; Alfred Boyd Collins, second; Donna Cochran, third.
Best theme — Anna Smith.
Bread — Alexandra Matheson, first; Gabrielle Matheson, second; Judy Anderson, third.
Bars — Alexandra Matheson, first.
Cake — Wanda Gofforth, first.
Pie — Dorthy Laux, first.
Cookies — Amy Peebles, first; Alexandra Matheson, second.
Bars — Colton Rounds, first; Jace Peebles, second.
Cake — Skylar Hoage, first; Grace Ware, second; Sam Ware, third.
Pie — Hailey Carr, first.
Cookies — Dakota Rounds, first; Gabrielle Matheson, second.
In the adult category, the ribbon went to Wanda Gofforth. Colton Rounds was the youth ribbon winner.
Three outhouses competed in the race. First went to The Getaway with a time of 23.34. Sharon's Kids came in second at 26.42. Jerry's Rig from Vegetation Waste Management/West Range Reclamation placed third with a time of 26.78. Sharon's Kids earned People's Choice and The Getaway — where you can let it all go — was named the funniest entry. Sponsor Mary DuFon received a special trophy for coming up with this fun event several years ago.
The parade was sponsored by Charlie Bishop, DMEA Touchstone Energy, Don's Directory Inc., First State Bank and Fruitland Mesa Club.
General sponsors included Cunningham Auction Services, Mountain Coal and West Range Reclamation.blog comments powered by Disqus