It was a warm day, but not too hot. People had already
gathered in the park and were waiting for the big event of Big Valley
Days, the parade to start. The parade entrants lined up around he
corner on Juniper Street, out of sight of the main crowd. At
10:30, Harry Boulade, a local talk show host from Alturas Radio station
KCNO started his live broadcast and announcements of the days events.
Opening the parade was a flyover by a powered hang glider from Fall
Then the parade started, led by the Big Valley Veterans of Foreign
Wars (VFW) carrying the American flag and a VFW flag on the jeeps.
We then saw Willy Shepard, who has a fine collection of old farm
machinery towing a hay trailer loaded with youngsters. Willy
lives out in Lookout and has a yearly show and tell and party at his
place wher he shares the old machinery and food with visitors.
Here we see Willy driving the iron wheeled Case tractor
This "cow" came next, made by kids at the Big Valley Family Resource
and not to be out done, the old folks made this cow to publicize the
50's + club (a
senior nutrition center)
Scarlet plums, showed their stuff
followed by Big Valley twins (the only ones in town?)
Here is the fire truck used at our electricity generating plant near
the Red Barn
and of course Smokey (the horse) pulling his family dressed in style.
Horses without wagons are also welcome
as are helicopters. CDF usually avoids the downtown area when
going to a fire, but the pilot was nice enough to ignore this "rule"
and did a short pass over the parade. This was not a scheduled
parade entry, but a real fire dispatch.
US Forestry service showed off their brand new truck
an then this brand new 2005 model luxury automobile rolled by
Car Parks, a local realtor, resident and supporter of the Big Valley
museum was lucky to get the historic fire truck running. A few
minutes before this shot, Carl was very upset with the stalled engine,
but after a tow from a parade tractor, he re-entered the parade with a