No fireworks, but Fourth still shines in Bayfield

Thursday, July 5, 2018 1:52 PM
Volunteers from the Pine River Valley Heritage Society prepare to bring their horses and wagon down Mill Street on Wednesday for Bayfield’s Fourth of July parade.
The Billy Goat Saloon extravaganza of balloons and a dancing inflatable guy are a big hit with the parade viewers.
Members of Calvary Presbyterian Church are celebrating the foundation of their church 120 years ago, in 1898.
La Plata County Cowbelles encourage the crowd to eat beef for their Fourth of July barbecues, this year only using a gas grill.
Danica Frost, preparing pancakes Wednesday for the Bayfield Lions Club along with her husband, Zach, is the first pregnant member of the club, which was founded in 1954 but didn’t have women members until 1988.
Durango Fiesta Days royalty prepare to ride their horses Wednesday.
La Plata County Fair royalty prepares to add some flair to the Fourth of July parade, riding in an old-fashioned horse-drawn carriage.
The Pine River Library staff is a hit in Wednesday’s parade, moving their book carts in wheeled precision down the street.
Several floats and fire trucks douse visitors with water on Wednesday.
Bayfield Mayor Matt Salka, right, and town board trustee Brenna Morlan, left, wave to the parade crowd.
After the parade, Mill Street fills with visitors heading west to enjoy activities in Joe Stephenson Park and Eagle Park.

There was no fireworks show, but Independence Day revelers still jammed into downtown Bayfield on Wednesday for the town's annual events.

A large crowd filled Mill Street for the parade, and afterwards, moved into Joe Stephenson Park, where the Bayfield High School wrestling team sold out of locally produced hamburgers, and Brenda's Old West Cafe ran out of turkey legs.

More than 40 teams registered for the horseshoe tournament in Eagle Park, and Lydia's Sweet Treats reported that ice cream sales were brisk.

The Bayfield Lions Club served an estimated 700 pancake breakfasts. Calvary Presbyterian Church members solds lots of pies, they also rode a float in the parade celebrating the founding of the church 120 years ago in 1898.

The beer tent operated by the Pine River Centennial Rotary Club, a corn hole tournament, and live music by Tomyris rounded out the afternoon's festivities.

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Grace Loutherback, 3, displays some star-spangled accessories for Bayfield's big Fourth of July celebration Wednesday in downtown Bayfield.
Cheers and waving flags greet firefighters at the end of the Bayfield parade as locals expressed appreciation for their work battling area fires.
Phyllis Ludwig is this year's Grand Marshal of the Fourth of July parade. She is chauffeured by Lin Coates, owner of Coates Collision Center, in one of his classic cars.
The Bayfield Riders 4-H Club are creating a Root Beer Float in the Fourth of July parade.
And what goes with a root beer float? Root beer goats, of course.
Root beer goats are handled by Bailey Smith and Madison Poulton as part of the Pine River Riders 4H Club's entry, a root beer float.
Lisa Eckert of the Upper Pine River Fire Protection District points from one of the district's antique engines that was stationed in Vallecito.