Bridger Valley Pioneer Day’s Celebration


LYMAN — Bridger Valley turned out to enjoy Pioneer Day’s last week, and it included a multitude of events – softball games, barbecue, parade down Lyman’s Main Street, Triatholon, rodeos and more.

The street was lined early as people jockeyed for a good spot to watch the parade at 10 a.m. It followed the raising of the flag at the LDS Church in Lyman and the culmination of the triatholon. A warm dry day, with a touch of a breeze proved to be a perfect backdrop for the parade on Saturday. This year the winner of the overall float award was the horse-drawn wagon, which featured area members of the Bridger Valley VFW.

Many of the floats featured the red, white and blue American for which American is famous. And the were several comments by parade emcee Dan Covolo about being grateful for families and the living in a free country, which in turn gives people the right to religious freedom.

There was a chance to take in the barbecue at the Lyman rodeo arena. And, for those who wanted a taste of pioneer food, it was served in the parking lot of the LDS church on Main Street. Dishing up plates of food – beans, a sausage type patty, rolls and more – led to the comment by the man serving the eaters, “If the pioneers didn’t do it this way, they should have.”

Festivities were kicked off earlier in the week with a cowboy poetry/music event at the Lyman High School. It was followed by a coed softball tournament at the ball fields in the Mountain View Town Park.

The junior rodeo was held last Wednesday night and the two ranch rodeos on Friday and Saturday.

Pictured is the winner of the overall float award, horse-drawn wagon, which featured area members of the Bridger Valley VFW. PIONEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis

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