Oak Creek celebrates Labor Day with parade, activities
Oak Creek — There wasn’t a cloud in the sky for Monday’s Labor Day parade in Oak Creek, a welcome change from last year’s event, when rain poured througout the day.
More than a dozen floats paraded through town, including Soroco High School’s band, Oak Creek Kodiaks Hockey and a truck filled with 1966 Soroco High School graduates.
“A long time tradition is very important to keep alive,” said Oak Creek resident Becky Wisecup, who emceed the parade.
Riley Jacobs, a 13-year-old Steamboat Springs Middle School student who lives in Oak Creek, wowed parade goers with her display of rope jumping while bouncing on a pogo stick.
Jacobs said she learned the trick after her dad challenged her to do it.
“My dad likes to throw ideas at me,” said Riley, who also showed off her skills during last year’s parade. “It was hard to learn.”
The parade’s grand marshals were members of the Whaley family, well-known ranchers in the area.
“We wanted to honor them because of their huge impact on the ag community,” Wisecup said during the parade.
Longtime Oak Creek resident and former mayor Kathy “Cargo” Rodeman spent Monday morning snapping photographs of floats and waving to friends.
”People from all the years and all the decades come back for this,” Rodeman said. “And it makes the town full.”
Rodeman said she planned to spend the afternoon at the fire station, trying her luck with a few rounds of bingo.
“I have every intention to bingo the day away today,” she said.
Residents walked over to Decker Park following the parade for a day full of family games, food and arts and crafts vendors.
Oak Creek residents and friends Cheryl Carl and Ruth Baumgartel paired up to sell their homemade crafts at a booth for the first time this year.
Carl decorated mason jars with colorful pastel paint and accents.
“You can put wooden spoons in or colored pencils for the kids,” she said.
Baumgartel was selling curling iron carriers, embroidered towels and other goods.
Monday marked the end of a weekend full of activities in Oak Creek to celebrate the unofficial end of summer, including a 6-kilometer “No Fun Run,” a fishing derby and softball tournament.
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