Brush off the streets and get ready to roll

File Photo Young parade watchers, from left, Paige Kannier, Scarlett Smith and Lucy and Sam Stelting are thrilled by the fun parade floats and costumed characters. Not quite like past years, Chuckwagon Days will go on over Fourth of July weekend with modifications.

Big Piney sorts through Chuckwagon Days schedule

With traditional events

evolving as summer approaches, the Big

Piney Town Council heard the final word

at its meeting Tuesday, June 16, for the

Chuckwagon Days schedule over July

Fourth weekend.

Chuckwagon Days events are shared

and sponsored between Marbleton and Big

Piney, which is where most of the fun will

take place. Town officials have been working

with Sublette County Public Health Officer

Dr. Brendan Fitzsimmons for approval

– or disapproval – of each gathering.

“Here’s what we know,” said Mayor Pro

Tem Michelle Hymas, with councilmembers

Stafford Polk IV and Sherri Redden.

“The rodeo is on. We’re planning the parade

and the fireworks show is still a go.”

This year’s Grand Marshal will be Marj

Guio, who accepted the honor.

There will be changes to the Chuckwagon

Days Rodeo – “Bulls Broncs Barrels”

– on Friday, July 3, at 7 p.m. at the

fairgrounds. The Afu Fighters will perform

live, like last year.

But the only way it could be approved

this year with coronavirus concerns was to

forego bleachers and concessions.

“It will be a drive-in rodeo like the old

days,” said recreation manager Eddy Delgado.

The old parking terraces on the hillside

west of the outdoor arena will be cleared for

more parking and all attendees must remain

with their vehicles, parked 6 feet apart. The

announcer’s voice will be aired over FM

radio; people can stop at a local restaurant

or bring a picnic. Usual rodeo events are

planned with bronc and bull riding, barrel

races and mini and junior contests.

Another change is the annual street dance

in downtown Big Piney was not approved.

Because the town can’t sponsor it, a local

committee plans a similar family-friendly

block party “freedom rally” instead on July

3 after the rodeo.

Delgado continued, July 4 will begin

with the traditional pancake breakfast at

the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

Saints, 2250 N. Piney Drive. Line-up for the

Chuckwagon Days parade with the theme of

“Superheroes” is at 9 a.m. at the Big Piney

Rec Center and starts at 10 a.m.

Anyone interested in joining the parade

can contact Big Piney Rec Center at 307-

276-4071.

In between, the longtime Chuckwagon

Days Community Barbecue, attended by

hundreds, has been cancelled. At noon, Big

Piney Rec hosts the Four on Four Volleyball

Tournament. The fireworks show is at dusk

on the Marbleton Hill.

Other preparations for the July Fourth

holiday came up in employee reports.

Water-sewer manager Josh Rogers

started tinkering with the shiny red antique

fire truck to see if the brakes could be fixed

for the parade, a task attempted for years,

according to Hymas.

“Four mayors have tried to find brakes

for that vehicle,” she said. “It runs okay but

they can’t find brakes for it.”

Rogers said he would keep working on

it; however, town officials don’t expect it

to roll down Budd Avenue on July Fourth.

Parks-streets manager Kara Losik also

listed tasks to accomplish before Chuckwagon

Days.

She asked the council about contracting

the street sweeper and doing the parade

route or the whole town. Losik said she

would like to have the sidewalks powerwashed

as well. The council told her to

make the appointment and use funds remaining

in the current budget.

Polk asked if the street sweeper could

be used on pathways where there is a lot of

gravel; Losik said she usually uses the skidsteer

and attached broom. Hymas asked

about repainting the “pretty weathered”

benches.

Losik will also install the new wayfinder

signs created by the Big Piney Marbleton

Economic Development Committee. “I’ve

been under pressure to get them up; it’s on

the list for next week.”

In other Marbleton news:

• Mayor Tyler Maxfield and councilmember

Scott Scherbel were absent on June

16, which included third reading and approval

of the Big Piney 2020-2021 budget.

• Code enforcer Greg Eiden said a resident

was upset that he would not sign off

on a chicken coop that he thought was too

small. The council advised him to use his

best judgment.

• The council heard Donny Wilson’s

variance request for a 6-foot-high chain-link

fence on Quealy Avenue.

• Tegeler’s agent Zach Wenz presented

an insurance proposal and quote.

• Jared Thomson brought in his plans to

attach a shop-garage building to his home.

The council voted “aye” for him to proceed.

• The council suggested new banners to

advertise Big Piney Rec Center programs.

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