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Meadows Valley Days defies rain

The Adams County Record of Council, Idaho

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The heavy downpour of rain on Saturday seemed to spell doom and gloom for the City of New Meadows and their annual Meadows Valley Days events, but once again the community rallied to put new life into the activities on Sunday when the skies cleared and the sun came out to warm things up.

The parade through downtown was rescheduled for Sunday morning, and it played to one of the largest crowds attending in recent years. The antique and restored automobiles come in greater numbers every year, and this year was no exception. The bright yellow restored Cadillac sat next to an orange truck in the lineup of cars and trucks that stretched from one end of Dorsey Warr Park to the other.

The organizers showed they have the task of feeding over a thousand diners down to a fine art, as lines worked their way past the ticket booth, through the salads and beans and bread, and then on to the delicious barbequed beef that keeps people coming back year after year.

The logging show draws a dedicated crowd to cheer on their local favorites, and most of Sunday afternoon rang with axe throws and chainsaws buzzing, accompanied by the roar of the crowd. If one got tired of watching the show, there were plenty of vendors selling crafts, art, and local products. We spent most of our time looking through the books at the Library surplus book sale, and, because of the rainy Saturday, the prices were lowered to only $2 per sack of books. It was hard to limit oneself to only two heavy sacks of new reading material. The library and the book buyers both get a great deal, and lots of new reading is taken home for the wintertime ahead.

This year's events also included an exhibit on loan from the Smithsonian Institute titled "Those Who Served," which was well worth seeing to experience the history of our armed forces, from the Revolutionary army to the present day. The Exhibit combined pictures and uniforms from local veterans, as well as an excellent history lesson on how this country has led the free world in the fight for freedom. One exhibit featured pictures displayed in a New Meadows store during World War II, showing all the men and women who were serving their country at the time.

Each year the small city of New Meadows takes on the task of entertaining hundreds with their New Meadows Days, and they did a great job of doing so again this year.

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Original Publication Date: September 9, 2015

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