Cokeville celebrates Pioneer Day with parade and rodeo

The Cokeville Pioneer Days parade was led by the American flag, the state flag and parade grand marshall Buhla Teichert. The Coke-ville Rodeo royalty also participated in the parade, along with royalty from the Lincoln County Fair and Evanston Cowboy Days. // By Mysti Willmon

On Saturday, July 25, the streets of Cokeville were filled with cheering, clapping and other sounds of happiness. Kids laughed and ran circles around adults as they tried to pick up all the candy in the street. Some adults even got in on the fun and collected candy, ice pops, and frisbees to take home later. Cokeville celebrated Pioneer Days and the 25th anniversary of the Cokeville Rodeo on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25.

Friday, kids competed in the youth rodeo. Saturday held a parade, vendors, and the open rodeo.

“Pioneer Days celebrates our pioneer heritage,” Rose Arndt, Cokeville mayor, said. “It is when pioneers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints entered into the Salt Lake valley.”

July 24, the official date, is a state holiday in Utah, Arndt said.

A run was hosted by the National Honor Society on the morning of July 25th, followed by the parade with Buhla Teichert, 101 years old, as Grand Marshall. The park was the place for blowups and tasty treats. Fireworks that lit up the sky around town completed the day.

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