It may have seemed like summer was never going to arrive in southwest Montana, but when the weather finally warmed up and the sun got to work warming things up people were ready.
If you haven’t heard it already, you probably will from someone “There were more people in town than ever before for this year’s parade.”
Even though there is absolutely no way to substantiate such a claim, it certainly did feel like Ennis got an extra dose of visitors for the annual Fourth of July Parade, which draws attendees from all over the region and the country. Heck, even the world with at least one family from Germany in attendance this year.
The parade is put on by the Ennis Chamber of Commerce and emceed by Mary Oliver, from First Madison Valley Bank, and Jim Hart, Madison County Commissioner.
Early parade goers were greeted with old time western music from the Tune Tanglers and friends.
The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade was Lt. Col. Andrew DeBona. The featured group honored at this year’s parade was the Madison County Senior Companion program in memory of long-time Ennis resident Tom Hoe.
This year’s parade winners came in two categories, local and out of town. The local winner was Laura Dickinson with family members from Ennis – Gus, Paige, Logan and Reese who were honoring their cousin who was wounded in action on June 14, and a recipient of the Purple Heart.
The out of town winning entry was Jim Dolan with his six-foot orangutan named “Clyde” from Belgrade.
This year the chamber again held a 50/50 raffle at the parade. The winning ticket went to Jim and Cheryl Garcia who took home a $1,595 pot.
On Sunday night and Monday afternoon, rodeo goers were again treated to one of the best small-town rodeos anywhere, as the Ennis Rodeo Association played host to another great event drawing talent from all over the state and the region.