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(Neb)-Crawford's Annual 4th Of July Celebration Honors History  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 07/04/2017 12:54 AM
CRAWFORD - The Crawford Old West Trail Rodeo and 4th of July Celebration wraps up today, but there's plenty to see and do before it ends

     It  starts bright and early with the 5K White River Run/Walk, which has registration from 6:15-7:00 and a 7:30 start, both at the Fort Robinson Post Playhouse.

     The annual 4th of July Parade begins at 10:00 with the theme Pages From the Ages and local veterans leader Alan Connell as Grand Marshall.

      A member of the DAV, Connell has been part of the Crawford Veterans Honor Guard for 46 years and a member of the Dawes County Veterans board in two stints splint by  4-1/2 years as the County Veterans Service Officer, a post he resigned earlier this year.

      You can enjoy the excitement of the parade on KCSR and online at chadrad.com with Jeremy Anderson and Roxi Graham-Marski providing descriptions of all the floats and other parade units.

      Post-parade activities are centered downtown this year and run until 2:00 am. While some are aimed at adults, there's also the Fun Zone, offering family fun and entertainment that includes a dunk tank, dart booth, balloon toss, and a book fair.

     After the Parade, a variety of events will take place downtown from 11:00 AM until 2:00 AM including a Fun Zone with Family Fun and Entertainment.

     The 44th annual Western and Wildlife Art Show in the historic Verterinary Hospital building at Fort Robinson State park runs from 9-5:00. Works by 30 artists from 7 states are featured this year

    The final night of PRCA Rodeo action gets underway at 7:00 at the rodeo grounds on the west side of Crawford City Park.

       The last rodeo event is followed by a free fireworks show, put on by the Mr Fireworks Committee and the Crawford Volunteer Fire Department.  Rodeo Board member Jody Bass says everyone owes the firefighters in particular a big "thank you."

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This is the 71st year for the rodeo and Bass says its on-going success is due to the dedicated volunteers who have served as board members over the years.

      Reigning over this year's rodeo are Queen Kasey Ann Kruger of Rapid City, originally from the Gordon-Rushville area, and Princess Jody Ann Cowell, who graduated from Crawford High School in May.


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