Cedaredge's first annual parade and community event honoring military services, veterans and first responders took place last Saturday on Main Street and in Cedaredge Town Park.
The Surface Creek Valley Lions Club and the Church on the Rock were primary sponsors of the event. They got organizational help and support from the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce.
Cedaredge's traditional midsummer parade and community events in Town Park had previously been coordinated with the annual Western Slope Little Britches Rodeo. But the national LBR organization changed dates and venues for the national final event, forcing the Cedaredge Festival Committee, stagers of the local youth rodeo, to reschedule Little Britches performances for Memorial Day weekend this year. That left the midsummer town events without their usual youth rodeo tie-in.
However, the Lions Club, which had traditionally hosted a summer cookout at Town Park, and also organized a parade for LBR weekend, did not want to abandon the patriotic theme for events near the 4th of July. Local veterans groups agreed. And so the effort was launched last winter to continue the tradition with a patriotic parade, along with the popular Lions community cookout, which is a fundraiser for CHS scholarships.
The Cedaredge Church on the Rock joined in and hosted kids' games during this year's events.
Lions Club members Bill Miller and Pat Means did yeoman's work publicizing the new event format that took place as close as possible to the 4th of July. Means lined up almost 20 entries in the crowd-pleasing parade that took place on Cedaredge's Main Street at 11 a.m.
The day began with a moving performance of the national anthem sung by Cedaredge musician and entertainer Shelley Rae.
And, to the delight of all, the traditional Cedaredge Volunteer Fire Department water display was able to take place on schedule, at the parade's conclusion.