Seeley Swan Pathfinder
July 25, 1998
What follows is a highlight summary of special events to look for.
There is plenty of room for every family to find an area to participate in. It could be the children and their pets dressed in costume, or the family on their horses.
Participation is as easy as registering, either before the 4th with the Chamber of Commerce or on the day of the parade from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The parade starts at 2:00 p.m. and lines up on Cottonwood Lakes Road and runs down to Redwood Lane, between Pop's and Timberline.
Prize categories this year will be for first and second places, with additional categories as follows: Animals - Organization, Animals - Individual, Classic Cars, Antique Cars, Children, Organizations and Clubs, and Businesses.
The Board of Directors and Consultants of the Seeley Lake Historical Museum & Visitor Center are this year's 4th of July Heritage Parade Grand Marshals. Members of the Board are Addrien Marx of the Historical Society, Ed Bezanson of Double Arrow Lodge, Bruce Johnson of the U.S. Forest Service, Gary Miller of the Seeley Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Zoe Mohesky of the Missoula County Office of Planning and Grants. The Construction Consultant is Larry Marx of Rovero's and the Architectural Consultant is Ken Duce of the U.S. Forest Service.
We would like to honor these individuals whose collective vision, effort and talent led to the historical restoration of the Double Arrow Barn. We thank them for creating a home to display Seeley Lake's heritage, as well as creating a unique visitor center. We commend them for their dedication to Seeley Lake.
The 4th of July fireworks show this year will be "bigger and better than last year" states the fireworks committee. There will be twice as many shots fired from a location just off Nash's point. There are still spaces available for those persons, families and businesses that want to sponsor a shore or two or more. Each shot purchased at $20 can be dedicated to a person or event close to someone's heart and will be published in the paper. Last year we only sold 50 shots, and in answer to many who voiced a desire for a bigger show, we have already committed to 100. So, please come forward and help support this event enjoyed by so many people.
The bed races now feature a Pro/Am Circuit. The pros are DNRC, USFS and whoever is tough enough to challenge them. The Seeley Lake Ranger District and the Clearwater Unit of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation hereby issue a challenge to Pyramid Mountain Lumber Co. and the Seeley Lake Volunteer Fire Department. The challenge is to enter a bed in the Seeley Lake 4th of July Bed Races. So get those wheels greased, mattresses strapped on and legs limbered up because the State and Feds want to see you at your best!
In the amateur category, classifications include children, adults and businesses/organizations. Each category has a first place prize which includes gift certificates from the Chicken House & Lounge, Pepsi, Rovero's, the Wildhorse Saloon, the Ice Cream Place, and the Filling Station. Awards for the most creative bed, the funniest bed and the funniest attire will be given.
Be sure to catch this event - it's always entertaining. And the tension mounts to see who on the pro circuit will capture the roving trophy - DNRC (the three-year reigning champs) or USFS (the underdogs). Or will a challenging team of brave souls loosen the grip of DNRC?
There are a few rules - protective gear must be worn, along with proper bed attire, and you need one person in the "bed." Participants will meet at 5:30 p.m. on July 4th to register at the car wash on School Lane. There is no entry fee. Races begin at 6:00 p.m.
For more information or to pre-register, call Debbie Kittrell at 677-3264, the Chamber of Commerce at 677-2880 or stop in between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Pig Roast and Family Games
After the Heritage Parade, folks can walk on over to the Fire Hall where the Seeley Lake Rural Fire District will be roasting the "world's best pig." After the feast gets under way, the "games will begin" across the way at "Barney's Green" (the field behind the veterinary clinic). All ages can join in the fun. There'll be prizes for the winners, and there's lots of chances to win! Come say "Hi" to Smokey Bear and go "fishing" at the Seeley Lake Ranger District booth. Also, First Valley Bank is sponsoring face painting. Some high school students have volunteered their talent and time to this event. Robyn Lewis, Seeley-Swan senior, is the coordinator.
Speaking of volunteers, the 4th of July Committee could really use some! If you have a couple hours to give to these family-style games (an organized activity for our kids), call us soon! You can contact Nancy Miller at 677-3344, Cheri Thompson at 677-2309 or 677-2454, the Chamber of Commerce at 677-2880 or stop by between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
The Missoula All City Band will march in the 4th of July Heritage Parade at 2:00 p.m. The Seeley Lake Area chamber of Commerce and the 4th of July Committee would like to thank Kim Haines, Principal of Seeley-Swan High School, and Mary Vagner, Superintendent of Missoula County Schools, for making the All City Band's appearance possible and for coordinating their participation in Seeley Lake's parade. We welcome the Missoula All City Band as a wonderful addition to the Heritage Parade!