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Yampa’s Fourth of July celebration offers small-town charm

Luke Graham

Four-year-old Mason Chamberlin reaches for a piece of candy at Wednesday's Fourth of July parade in Yampa. Chamberlin was one of many children lined along Main Street for the festivities.

— Oak Creek resident Ray Zimpher will take Yampa’s small-town celebration of the Fourth of July any day over the glitz and glamour of big town celebrations.

Zimpher, who has been attending the events in Yampa for more than 18 years, said when it comes to celebrations like Wednesday’s, it’s more like a family get together.

“It’s the old small-town feel,” said Zimpher, who played trumpet in the band that marched down Moffat Avenue and around and down Main Street. “It’s everyone getting along. It’s the heartland of America if you want to call it that.”

Zimpher said the band had been practicing Tuesday and Thursday evenings for the last couple of weeks in preparation for the event.

“This is my first year to play,” he said. “After this, I don’t know why I haven’t done it before.”

The Yampa pa-

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rade, which began in 1976, featured old cars, fire engines, tractors, horses, young children and, of course, candy.

“I think what this says about these communities is people have genuine concern for their neighbors,” Zimpher said. “It’s like one big, happy family.”

After the parade, patrons gathered on the old football field where there were vendors, live music and a barbecue.

“I think this year might be a little bit small,” said Bobbie Vetter, who was selling pies to benefit the Order of the Eastern Star organization. “Still, this right here gives people a reason to come back. On the Fourth of July you see people in Yampa you haven’t seen for years.”

The event also featured horse po-

lo and a fireworks show at South Routt Elementary.

While those celebrating viewed the festivities as top notch, they said the biggest – and best – thing about Yampa’s celebration was the people.

“This allows us to serve our community,” said Debra Knott, who was also selling pies with Vetter. “It allows us to give back and it’s a tradition.”