Sun shines on Ennis’ weekend

Flag bearers at the Ennis Fourth of July Rodeo wait to go out into the arena on Sunday. Photo by Greg Lemon.

Flag bearers at the Ennis Fourth of July Rodeo wait to go out into the arena on Sunday. Photo by Greg Lemon.

You couldn’t ask for a better day.

It wasn’t too hot, but without a cloud in the sky, the slight morning chill gave way quickly as the sun shined down on Ennis.

It was one of those magical kind of days when everyone in the crowd wore a smile. The biggest smile might have been on Johnny France, who was the Grand Marshall of this year’s parade. France, who is the famous former Madison County sheriff, was decked out in a flag-colored western shirt and his trademark cowboy hat. He rode his gray horse slowly down Main Street at the head of a large posse, waving at his many friends and wearing a child-like grin.

The Ennis Fourth of July Parade was well attended again this year. Rumor is that more people attended this year than in any year past, though real attendance numbers are hard to get.

People came from places like Oklahoma, Nebraska, Minnesota and Oregon. Cars lined the highway north of town for miles.

The parade is organized by the Ennis Chamber of Commerce. This year’s winning float was the Bozeman Tea Party float, which featured an abundance of flags and marchers dressed in red, white and blue.

A new feature to the parade this year was the 50/50 raffle by the chamber of commerce. The winner of the drawing was Stacey Curry, who hails from Miles City, but is currently living in Omaha, Neb. Curry took home $1,231 for her share of the pot.

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