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Virginia Rossi gathers family for Fourth of July parade in Yampa

— When Virginia Rossi learned she would be the grand marshal for Yampa’s Fourth of July parade, she was told she could have a child or grandchild ride with her during the event, as well.

“You can’t say just one,” Rossi said.

Instead, this Fourth of July weekend has turned into a grand family reunion for the South Routt County matriarch.



Rossi has nine of her own children, 29 grandchildren and step-grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

While not all of them are able to make it to Yampa this week, a good number will be riding with her during a parade on a flatbed truck large enough to hold them.



And the reunion doesn’t stop there. One of Rossi’s sisters and some of her extended family will be there.

“It’s going to be kind of a family reunion for myself besides my own kids,” Rossi said.

It started Monday, she said, when family started to trickle in and continued through Wednesday.

They will be gathering as a family in Yampa and having some barbecue, a community get -together and some music provided by her daughter-in-law and a friend.

Rossi moved to South Routt in 1949 to teach at a country school but soon “met a cowboy” and started raising a family.

“When I first came to Routt County, Oak Creek had more population than Steamboat did,” she said.

“There’s been such a change,” Rossi said about when she first got to Routt County and what she sees now that her grandchildren and great-grandchildren are either living in or visiting the area. “The whole country has changed.”

Rossi said being selected as the grand marshal of this year’s parade was a surprise.

“I’m just me,” she said.

But it won’t just be her riding through the parade Friday, and having her family with her will make it that much more rewarding and significant.

“I can’t put it into words exactly — just really love and appreciation for the love and support of our family,” Rossi said.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz


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