|July 18, 2013
54th Arlee 4th of July Parade results released
ARLEE ó A fun and involved Halloween float that reminded us in 90 degree weather that Fall is just around the corner, took top honors at the 54th Arlee 4th of July Parade. With a werewolf gnawing a bone and bubbles coming out of the float, the Mahseelah family took the Grand Prize. Best suited to the theme, Let Freedom Ring was a float adorned with beautiful girls from around the world championing freedom for all in the world. Eden Morin, McKenzie Ketter, Natalie Larson, Kori McVicker, and Brook Nentwig let freedom ring and won the float prize.
Stockmanís Bar won the Commercial Category and the Army Transport took second. The Jocko River Fish Hatchery won the Organization Category and the Mission Valley Strong-arm Softball and Jocko Valley Libraryís marching kids tied for second.
Leading her miniature Hereford Steer, the entire parade route, Megan Wieder won the Western Category and Carlie Wells on her beautiful steed took second. In the Adult Western Category, Cameron and Samantha Lytle, with sister Harley, won first prize and Mary Trimble and Carlie Petersonís horses took second.
A beautiful Leela Sansavere won the Western Outfit Group Category while the Otoupalik family packs took second. Striking, colorful and beautiful pow wow girls with Quennel Matt won the Indian Outfit Group. In the Indian Outfit Youth Area, Arianna Matt and John Anthony were big winners.
Three Novelty Categories were very competitive. Novelty Adult first place went to Skyla Haynesí 1970 Dodge and Denny Orrís 1953 Chevy claimed second. Matt Whetzelís rough and tough Oldsmobile took an honorable mention along with Dennis Blackís tractors. Novelty Youth went to Madiah Morenís super fun go cart called Freedom. The Novelty Child Category was won by Isaiah Smith. Also winning a Novelty Category was the 4th of July Blaster Water Girls edging, to second, Lane Schall and George Schick on dirt bikes.
Tying in the Novelty Group Category was Jace Samsel, Colt and Charlie Crawfordís Arlee Taxi and the OíNeil, Marks and Smith Family Float.
And finally, winning the Patriotic Category was the International Girls letting freedom ring with Navy Veteran on a beautiful motorcycle and Perry Francesí 1935 Ford vehicle tying for second.
Grand Marshal, Nadine Espinoza was honored by the Arlee Community with a ride in Scott and Jennifer Schallís convertible.
Thank you to judges Ron Couture, Randy Tiensvold and Patti Tiensvold. Thank you also to all the volunteers, and fearless leader, Alvaretta Morin for making it possible for the 54th Annual Parade marching down the Highway.
Businesses generously donating to parade costs of trophies and highway barricades are: Rodís Harvest Foods, Wilsonís Foods, Arlee Valley Bank, The Hummingbird, Stuarts Napa Auto Parts, Whetze Concrete, and Rods IGA.