Fire trucks made up most of the vehicles or floats at this year’s Fourth of July parade in Prairie City, including Prairie City Fire Department’s giant deuce-and-a-half and antique Ford.
People from across Grant County lined Front Street around noon. Young children scrambled to scoop up candy thrown from the floats under bright blue skies.
Katie Johnson, 15, Mt. Vernon, sang the national anthem when the color guard reached McHaley Avenue. Johnson typically performs bluegrass with family members.
Johnson is gathering funds for her Calvary Horse Camp, which will be held at the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church in John Day and the Grant County Fairgrounds from July 29 through Aug. 3.
This is the first year of her service project, Johnson said. The camp will provide riding opportunities for foster girls ages 9-12 from Grants Pass, Eugene, Salem, Pendleton and Portland, she said.
Prairie City resident Anna Marie Smith recently assumed the mantle for coordinating the Prairie City Fourth of July parade. Wanda Winegar organized things in past years.
The grand marshal this year was former Prairie City Fire Chief Dean Hicks, who drove his red 1991 Corvette in the parade.
A long line quickly formed near City Hall following the parade for tri-tip barbecue and strawberry shortcake. Hundreds of vehicles pulled up to the Oxbow Ranch outside of town around dusk for the city-sponsored fireworks display.
Grand Champion: Grant County Wildfire Softball Team
First: Antique fire truck from the Prairie City Fire Department
Second: Grumpy’s Graphics
Third: Sherri Dowdy
First: Sam Palmer and family
Second: Prairie City Senior Center
Third: Grant County Wildfire Softball Team
First: Lloyd Fuller for Twice Upon A Time
First: Tucker Carpenter on his mountain bike
First: American Legion color guard
Second: Chester’s Thriftway
Third: Prairie City High School cheerleaders and dance team
First: Del Raymond’s wagon and quarter horses
Second: Stiner family cart and miniature pony
First: Grant County Fair and Rodeo Court, Queen Trinity Hutchison and Princess Courtney Nichols
First: Blue Mountain Care Center
ATVs and Dirt Bike
First: Gracey Kenyon on her dirt bike
Demolition Derby Car
First: Tyler Nodine
Second: Steve Patterson
First: Thunderbolt Fire Service
Second: Malheur National Forest
First: John Day City and Rural Fire Department
Second: Prairie City City and Rural Fire Department