Seeley Lake Fourth
of July Parade Judging



Young Beauty Pageant Winner







Thirteen-year-old Natasha Tanner of Swan Valley waves to the crowd from her float surrounded by Walt Disney cartoon characters. Natasha, the winner of the Western States Sunburst Beauty Pageant in her age bracket earlier this year, is trying to raise the $5,000 required for a trip to the national and international finals in Atlanta, Georgia, this fall. The winner there will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Natasha is the daughter of Dusty Green and granddaughter of Charlene and Duane Verworn of Seeley Lake. Contibutions for her expenses can be mailed to PO Box 2539, Seeley Lake, MT 59868

July 13, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana

by Nancy Miller


The theme for this year's 4th of July parade was "Celebrate the Century".The Grand Marshall float carried a group of citizens who represented a "century of volunteerism that has built Seeley Lake". We were honored by the presence of Helen Rich who was on the Grand Marrshall float, and by the presence of Allen & Mildred Chaffin who drove the car that pulled the Wilderness Gateway Inn float. These citizens set the precedent for community volunteers who followedmany of whom were walking, riding or driving in the parade.

Those folks within hearing range of the judges' stand could hear Patrick Holt, owner of Montana Pines Hideaway, announcing the parade. We want to thank Pat for taking the time during this busy 4th of July week to entertain the crowd with his announcing talent. And what is a parade without a band? For the past five years, the Missoula All City Band has volunteered to come up to Seeley Lake and perform in our parade. In past years, some Seeley-Swan HS band members have joined in the performance. This year, 19 Missoula All City band members, plus our own Tom Larson on trumpet, marched. The band members and their families then spent the rest of the afternoon at River Point Campground. During the summer, under the direction of Gary Gillett, the Missoula All City Band performs at Bonner Park in Missoula on Wednesday evenings at 7:00.


Entries were judged on theme content, enthusiasm and presentation (decorations, outfits, general appearance). The winning groups were awarded a decorative pottery plate with the Seeley Lake 4th of July medallion in the center. These awards were designed and donated by Bob Korn of KornUtopia .

The Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank everyone who participated in the July 4th paradeparticpants, spectators and the parade crew.Our community spirit flourishes.


Category: Children

1st Place: Dean Kids - 3rd & 4th generation of Dean Family

2nd Place: Kelleys Model of a Model T

3rd Place: Moose Drool Kids


1st Place: She-Rock Insurance sponsoring Natasha Tanner in Sunburst beauty pageant

2nd Place: Wilderness Gateway Inn celebrating 15 years in business

3rd Place: Chicken Coop & Lounge reminding us that their definition of a volunteer is: "A person who thinks of others before themselves."

Category: Groups & Organizations

1st Place: Dean Family Reunion: Eternal Flame of Family Love 2000

2nd Place: 4-H Seeley Lake Trailblazers:hardworking kids doing great things in our community; support them at the Western Montana Fair.

3rd Place: Western Montana Shrine Club's Midget Patrol: "A child's smile is why we work."

Category: Cars - Antique Division (prior to 1975)

1st Place: Doug, Karen & Madison - 1929 Model A Ford-Tudor Sedan(rose beige with orange wheels)

2nd Place: Shirley Hahn - 1934 Ford

Category:Cars - Classic (from 1975 to current)

1st Place: DA Hawaiians - 1976 Cadillac: Aloha from Hawaii!

2nd Place: Dean Family Cadillac

Honorable Mention: Antique Cars

1st Place: Jim Braach - 1957 T-bird (flame red)

2nd Place: Lloyd Hahn - 1955 Pontiac Safari

Category: Animal - Group

1st Place: Kristi & Pam Pohlman representing the Rich Family & Double Arrow Outfitters


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