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Wednesday July 30, 2014

Cedaredge Literary Club met Wednesday, July 16, at the home of Verity Martin.
Guest speaker Susan Van Scoyk represented Little Sprouts Preschool.

b09 paradeIt’s been a good 20 years since the Elberta Rebekah Lodge in Cedaredge has had a float in the annual Little Britches Parade. But this year the ladies of Lodge 106 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows were riding in style, perched on hay bales atop a float pulled by a recently restored 1941 John Deere tractor.

It’s the first time the tractor has been in a parade since it was remodeled, said owner/driver Jim Speer ahead of Saturday’s parade.

b08 rodeo2Five Cedaredge wranglers are heading to the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals after placing high at last weekend’s 56th annual Western Slope Little Britches Rodeo in Cedaredge.
Kole Hawkins had a combined 700 points to win the all-around Little Wrangler title and take home a saddle.

Hawkins, age 9, won the pole bending event and placed in barrel racing, goat tail untying, and flag racing. Hawkins will be defending his 2013 world champion title in pole bending.

Jessie Stillings, age 9, competed in all four Little Wrangler events, placing third in barrels and goat tail untying, fourth in pole bending, and fifth in flags for a combined 568 points.
Kendall and Sierra McHugh and Alyssa Isaman all finished high in senior girls competition. Kendall, a junior at Cedaredge High School, was reserve champion with a combined 807 points. Sierra had a combined 802 points to place third, and Alyssa was fourth with 801 points.

c07 blacksmithingPaul Michaels is offering blacksmithing classes at the shop in Pioneer Town. He says he started the classes for women because “they are often left out though there are many women blacksmiths.

Women are among the best at the tasks required. I put out a challenge and three women grabbed the bait. This is their fourth lesson.”
Jane Everett said Paul challenged her by saying, “I’d really like to have a class for women. Do you think anyone would be interested?”
Jane answered with, “I think some of us should try it first, then we can spread the word.” She added, “I wanted to learn the process because as a volunteer and the museum’s curator, I want to be able to answer questions when asked. Plus, I like the look of hand hewn metal.

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