DATES: Saturday, July 24, 2021
LINE–UP: Line-up will begin at 8:30 a.m. each day. FLOATS and ANTIQUE VEHICLES will assemble by the First Stop Store, east of the railroad tracks on Hwy. 160. Drivers should remain with their entry in case it needs to be moved. BIKES, 3/4 WHEELERS, WALKERS, ETC., will assemble at the west end of Fullenwider Park by the Sugar Shack. HORSES/RIDERS will assemble between the convenience store and the Information Center. PLEASE – no horses in the area of floats and vehicles! Hwy. 160 closes at 9:00 a.m. and the line moves forward. The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. Be prepared to line up early and wait.
The parade route travels west on 1st Avenue (Hwy. 160), turns south on Davis Street, then turns east on 2nd Avenue and returns to Safeway.
ENTRY NUMBERS: Parade numbers will be issued when the entry form is returned to the Colorado Potato Administration Office, 1305 Park Avenue, Monte Vista. FAX 719-852-4684. Place the number on the left front (driver side) of your entry. Horse entry numbers are to be placed on the left side of your horse. Please secure all 4 corners so judges can identify your entry quickly. Entry numbers are not required for bands, entries not wanting to be judged, or entries not participating both days. Award winners will be announced Saturday.
DURING THE PARADES: NO group or individual may stop to perform or hold up the parade. All performances must be done while moving forward. Groups with small children must be able to keep up with the parade pace to avoid gaps. NO candy or trinkets may be thrown from your entry. Nothing can be SHOT from an entry. If you wish to hand out items, you must have walkers that walk along the edge of the street and distribute them. THESE RULES ARE IN PLACE FOR THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN WHO MAY RUN INTO THE STREET.
Sand Dunes Shrine Club - A Favorite in the Parade
For those who have been attending the Ski Hi Stampede parade for years or even those who have just been fans for a little while, one of the most memorable entrants is the Sand Dunes Shrine Club, as well as Shriners from throughout this part of the state. It looks like fun, but there is a greater purpose. The Shrine’s charitable arm is the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of 22 hospitals in the United States, Mexico and Canada. It was originally formed to treat young victims of polio, but as that disease was controlled, they broadened their scope. They now deal with orthopedic care, burn treatment, cleft lip and palate care, and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. All treatment offered at Shriners’ Hospitals for Children is offered without any financial obligation to patients and their families, and there is no requirement for religion, race, or relationship to a Shriner. Patients must be under the age of 18 and treatable. In 2008, Shriners Hospitals had a total budget of $826 million. In 2007, they approved 39,454 new patient applications and attended to the needs of 125,125 patients.