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Yampa parade salutes the workers of America

— The band that kicked off Yampa’s Fourth of July parade Monday also ended it.

As soon as “The Band,” a mixture of community members who volunteered to play this year, finished walking down Main Street, they jumped into several trucks that were waiting for them and drove to the end of the parade so they could march again as the last act.

The parade’s grand marshals were Ed and Kate Hayne, retired teachers from Soroco High School and Soroco Middle School.

“We feel honored and very special that we were chosen to do this,” Kate Hayne said.

The parade’s theme was “Yampa Salutes the Workers of America,” and the community wanted to celebrate the teachers of the county as well.

“Usually I play in the band but they did it without me this year,” Ed Hayne said. The Haynes agreed that it was nice to be a part of the parade this year because they got wave to everyone they know.

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“We really enjoyed ourselves,” Ed Hayne said.

The parade lasted about 20 minutes and featured old tractors, farm equipment and lots of candy throwing.

“This was better than Halloween for candy,” said Stasi Eldredge, who pointed to the huge bag of candy her 11-year-old son, Luke, had collected.

“I had to run around for it, but I’ve got a little bit off everything,” he said.

The Eldredges own a ranch outside of Yampa and spend their summers here.

“This was the best Fourth of July parade I have ever seen,” said John Eldredge, Stasi’s husband. “I am dead serious, it was so cute.”

As soon as the parade was over, the crowds that had lined Main Street migrated to the lawn of the South Routt Elementary School for a barbecue lunch.

Tom Yackey, or Mr. Fourth of July, as parade secretary Arlene Porteus calls him, was busy preparing the mouthwatering barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs and beans.

“I started out with 12 gallons of beans, 180 pounds of barbecued beef, and 480 hot dogs, so we’ll see,” he said.

Yackey estimated that about 600 people attended the lunch.

There were also several vendors at the event, selling everything from magnetic jewelry to barbecue sauce.

Rachel’s Smokin’ BBQ Sauce is a 15-year tradition in South Routt and Rachel Green, the barbecue sauce queen herself, was glad to be a part of the Fourth of July festivities.

“I thought the parade was really good and they had a lot of trucks and old cars, which I liked,” she said.

Green said people try her barbecue sauce at a booth and then contact her all year for more.

“They test it and love it and keep coming back,” she said.