July 23, 2014 By Karpf
In keeping with over twenty years of tradition, a full day and night of festivities was enjoyed by folks from all over the valley. Smiling faces from Torrington to Bayard and Alliance to Broadwater were found, visiting with friends and enjoying great food, music and other entertainment. There was even a snow cone or two thrown into the mix!
The morning began with athletes competing in runs of various distances, from kids to those more venerable, stepping it off for 5K or a mile, having fun in the early morning sunshine. We will publish the results as they are provided to us.
Breakfast was excellent, served up by Subway in tasty fashion. The kiddie parade and the main parade were colorful, interesting and well-attended.
The car show had lots of fans looking over their favorite classics, hot rods and custom cars. Organized by Sharon and Merle James, the event was a big hit with all the “car nuts” we all know and love.
Vendors offered many interesting items for sale during the course of the day, from jewelry and sarongs to food and other refreshments. The Morrill American Legion Auxiliary Post volunteers once again cooked up hamburgers for the noon meal, and the usual fine free barbecue was held at 5 pm.
All through the afternoon, music filled the air in the park. Green Valley Homesteaders kicked it off at 1 pm, crooning traditional tunes, bouncing to bluegrass and keeping the toes tapping in the audience. They were followed by valley favorite Freddie Marquez, who can somehow transform his voice to that of Johnny Cash, Elvis or Merle Haggard. Everyone enjoys singing along with the familiar old favorites that Freddie performs so well. New to the scene were members of the band Dead Friends Advice, which brought a more youthful dimension to the musical enjoyment during the afternoon. They are excellent musicians and their alternative musical choices were enjoyed by their audience. As folks lined up for the barbecue, the Torrington Fiddlers once again shared their old time music. They are always a pleasure to hear.
The street dance was enjoyed by all the different groups of alumni attending their various reunions. Loaded Dice always plays a rocking and rolling event!
Thanks to all the members of the MCD group who work so diligently to provide us with this great day of entertainment at Morrill. It is appreciated! Thanks also to the weather for providing a cooling breeze on this warm July day!
Look in our photo gallery for more pictures of the day!
Mitchell Valley Animal Hospital opens
The new building on the east edge of Mitchell has been interesting to observe during the two-year process of land purchase, building permits and construction. It is a wonderful addition to the Mitchell community, bringing a new professional service to our city. Area pet owners are pleased their pet’s healthcare no longer requires a trip to Torrington or Scottsbluff.
Dr. Pieper specializes in cats and dogs, small animals and 4-H animal health. She graduated from Kansas State University in 2008 with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. She immediately went to work with Bear Creek Veterinary Clinic at Torrington, WY, where she has worked since that time.
Somer and her family live south of Mitchell. Jeff, her husband of thirteen years, is President of Pinnacle Bank at Mitchell. Their daughter Kate is 6 years old and will enter first grade this fall at Mitchell Elementary School.
They are very pleased to be part of the Mitchell community. The process of purchasing the land and getting all the required permits to build this facility was a long and involved one. They are all very happy to have completed the task and are very grateful to all those who helped make this dream a reality.
Construction was done by Brad Shaul Construction of Gering using a design created with the help of Bryan Henderson of Patterson Veterinary and a veterinary practice design company from Tennessee. Brady Shaul of Shaul Designs was also instrumental in designing and building this facility. Others involved in the nuts and bolts of construction were S&S Plumbing, Dave Underhill Electric, Debbie Thomas Creative Painting, ZM Painting and Anita’s Greenscaping. The end result is a state of the art animal hospital.
If you missed the Open House, stop on by and let the staff show you this wonderful new addition to our Mitchell business community. The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm. The phone number is 308 623-1111.