It has been about 20 years since the Cedaredge Elberta Rebekah Lodge #106 members got together to prepare a float for the Little Britches parade. This year’s entry went together with members and friends helping chairman Ellie Weatherly and co-chairman Dollie Wilson in preparation plus putting it all together.
A sign surrounds the flatbed trailer identifying the entry as a combined effort by the Rebekah Lodge and IOOF. Included are symbols of the two organizations plus Rebekah’s colors represented by pink and green swags and the three red, white and blue rings of the IOOF emblem.
Quilts covering hay bales, a saddle, and members dressed in western wear will carry out this year’s theme “Boot Buster & Have Some Fun.” The float will be pulled by a 1941 John Deere tractor driven by Jim Spear. Jim and his (late) father, Max, had restored this tractor along with many other pieces of early machinery.
A pie and ice cream booth will be set up in Cedaredge Town Park before and after the parade on Saturday, July 12, near the pavilion, starting at 9 a.m. until about 3 p.m. or until sold out.
This is an annual event, chaired this year by Bonnie Pope. Proceeds help with maintenance costs of the IOOF Hall and donations to local organizations.