Parade gets new route

By Dick Mason, The Observer May 15, 2013 12:06 pm

The Island City City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to permit the Ag and Timber Twilight Parade to be conducted Friday in Island City. (Observer file photo)
The Island City City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to permit the Ag and Timber Twilight Parade to be conducted Friday in Island City. (Observer file photo)
 

Island City council OKs Ag and Timber Twilight Parade move with 4-0 vote

ISLAND CITY — The Ag and Timber Twilight Parade has a new home and new life.

The Island City City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to permit the Ag and Timber Twilight Parade to be conducted Friday in Island City.

The annual parade, which had been held in La Grande for more than 20 years, had been in jeopardy after organizers pulled it out of La Grande because of a liability issue. The City of La Grande has a new liability form it is requiring parade organizers to fill out to accept all liability for participants. Parade organizers were not willing to accept that liability.

 Island City will not require organizers to fill out liability forms.

Island City Mayor Dale De Long said he is delighted that his city is stepping forward to keep the parade alive. 

“This was an opportunity for us to do something on short notice,” De Long said.

The parade is organized by Oregon Women In Timber, which has put it on for about the last 15 years.

“We are very grateful (to Island City),” said Tiffany Vaughn of Oregon Women In Timber.

Vaughn said she understands the dilemma the City of La Grande finds itself in regarding liability.

“We are not mad at La Grande,” Vaughn said.

Those outside of Oregon Women in Timber who worked to find a new home for the parade include Chris Haefer of Cove. He said the parade is critical because of what agriculture and timber represent to the Grande Ronde Valley.

“Ag and timber are what founded Union County,” Haefer said. “It is what Union County is all about.’’

The parade, Haefer said, salutes these industries and shows they are still vibrant in Union County.

“Agriculture and timber are still large and very alive,” Haefer said.

Others who have played important roles in getting the parade moved to Island City include Melissa Fullerton of Summerville and Mandi Case of
La Grande. 

“We are very excited that it will continue. (Agriculture and timber) is a huge part of our county,” Case said. 

Island City Councilor Kevin Bradshaw said the parade is an excellent fit for Island City, noting that the town has a strong agricultural and timber base.

 “It is perfect for our city,” Bradshaw said. “Because of the culture of our city it is more apropos.”

 More than 100 trucks and agricultural vehicles are expected for the parade. Also set to appear include Dale and Wanda Case, who have been named the grand marshals. The Cases own Sandridge Agriprises, a farm in the Cove area.