IRON RIVER—The 46th annual U.P. Championship Rodeo is ready to ride into town, and that means getting ready for the Wild West Parade on Saturday, July 20, in the downtown Iron River area, beginning at 10 a.m.
Parade registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Franklin Street, hosted by Global Response North.
“The parade usually lasts around an hour, and the route follows Fourth Avenue south to U.S. 2, south on First Avenue, west on Genesee Street then north on Seventh Avenue to the Fairgrounds,” said a spokesperson.
The Wild West Parade Committee is looking for entries in the following categories: Best Western Theme, Best Horse-Drawn Unit, Best Commercial Unit, Best Individual Rider, Best Organizational Unit and Best Youth Entry--non horse.
“Whether you own a business, belong to an organization, a church group, a class reunion group or an individual, come join the festivities and enter a float.”
Northern Septic is again sponsoring the rodeo’s Wild West Parade pooper scoopers, and area youngsters, ages 5 to 15, are needed.
To be eligible for payment, pooper scoopers (parents are welcome to assist) must register at the parade registration table between 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. They will be provided with a Northern Septic T-shirt, which is to be worn during the parade.
“So bring a shovel and a container, and join in the parade festivities.”
Assisting at parade registration is the Caspian-Gaastra Fire Department.
The West Iron County Fire Department will be positioned along the parade route.
The Iron Range Firefighters will be walking among the spectators to raise funds for Iron County burn-out victims.
Anyone with questions about the parade can contact Janet Rohde at 906-265-9927.