by Suzanne Vernon
For the Pathfinder
June 18, 1998
Residents of the Swan Valley are gearing up for the annual Fourth of July celebration in Condon.
On July 4, the American Legion Post #63 will kick off the festivities with their annual Fourth of July Parade. Grand Marshalls for this year's Parade are Mr. and Mrs. Warner Lundberg of Condon, and Mr. and Mrs. Dale Conley.
This year's pararde theme is "America, Show Your Colors!" Parade categories include riders on horseback, walking groups, bicycles, floats and antique or classic cars. Participants are asked to register between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. at Liquid Louie's. Judging will take place at 10:30. The parade will start at Liquid Louie's and go north to the Swan Valley Community Hall. The local Historical Society will host an informational exhibit in the Community Hall all afternoon on the Fourth and will also serve their famous Huckleberry Ice Cream after the parade.
Also on the Fourth immediately following the parade, the local saddle club will host an O-Mok-See at the Swan Valley Arena. "O-Mok-See" means "games on horseback" which include events for all ages, children through adult.
On July 5th, the American Legion will also host the World Championship Pony Express Watermelon Races in the Swan Valley arena on Highway 83 with registration beginning at noon, and the first race set for 2 p.m. There will be a Calcutta and jackpot prizes will be awarded. Rules for the Watermelon Races are available at either Liquid Louie's or the Hungry Bear Steak House, and also at Fourth of July activities on Saturday.
Watermelon Race entry fees are $15 per team of three riders, 18 or older. There will be three categories of races: 1) Saddle; 2) Hobo; and 3) Bareback (means you can have a pad with no stirrups or horn). Children can ride in the races, but there will be no wagering for those 18 and under.
For more information about the parade or the watermelon races, call D.K. Mitchell at 754-2533, or Dale Aldrich at 754-2546. For information about entering the O-Mok-See call Pam Hamilton or Val Styler in Condon.
The Legion, in cooperation with the Swan Valley Fire Department and the Condon Quick Response Unit, is also holding a raffle for an ATV "four-wheeler" from Kurt's Polaris in Seeley Lake. The raffle drawing will be held on July 4th in Condon.