Thrills, chills and spills featured during the Mariposa County FairFree Access

Justin Wight takes a nose dive, but still has the presence of mind to signal “safe” during the ultimate cowboy contest at the fair. Photo by Shantel Wight

Justin Wight takes a nose dive, but still has the presence of mind to signal “safe” during the ultimate cowboy contest at the fair. Photo by Shantel Wight

And the winners are…

The Labor Day Parade started in 1945 and has been going strong since. It is annually
organized by the Mariposa Lions Club.
The winners of this years parade are:
• Grand Prize — Friends of The Fair Mule Drawn Wagon
• Best of Show: Boy Scouts of America and the Republican Party Entry
• Honorable Mention: Mariposa County High School Marching Band, Inky’s
Basement Band, Bootjack Stompers and The Yosemite Indian, basket and tool makers.
Mariposa Lions Club officials said they wanted to thank all who participated in this
year’s Labor Day Parade.

All parade photos courtesy of Joanna Ransom

DJ Cowboy Jeff Mann is shown entertaining the crowd during Sunday evening’s rodeo at the fair. Photo by Matt Johnson

DJ Cowboy Jeff Mann is shown entertaining the crowd during Sunday evening’s rodeo at the fair. Photo by Matt Johnson

Ciana DeSelle, left, receives her rodeo queen crown from outgoing queen Jessica Segale during the ceremony Sunday at the Gold Bowl. Photo by Matt Johnson

Ciana DeSelle, left, receives her rodeo queen crown from outgoing queen Jessica Segale during the ceremony Sunday at the Gold Bowl. Photo by Matt Johnson

Kylie Williams is shown during the dummy roping competition at the fair. Williams was the winner in the 7-9 year old age group. Photo by Shantel Wight

Kylie Williams is shown during the dummy roping competition at the fair. Williams was the winner in the 7-9 year old age group. Photo by Shantel Wight

Kelsey Mankins and Coleman Wight are shown during the ultimate cowboy competition at the Gold Bowl. Photo by Shantel Wight

Kelsey Mankins and Coleman Wight are shown during the ultimate cowboy competition at the Gold Bowl. Photo by Shantel Wight

Three cars are shown piled up during the annual Destruction Derby at the fair. For complete details about the derby, including an intriguing family story, turn to page B-3. Photo by Matt Johnson

Three cars are shown piled up during the annual Destruction Derby at the fair. For complete details about the derby, including an intriguing family story, turn to page B-3. Photo by Matt Johnson

Mylee Allan, front, was the winner of the bounce horse races. Allan is shown with the rodeo royalty. Photo by Shantel Wight

Mylee Allan, front, was the winner of the bounce horse races. Allan is shown with the rodeo royalty. Photo by Shantel Wight

Mariposa Fair Rodeo royalty members shared a good laugh during the bounce horse competition on Friday night. The annual Foster Family Fun Night is always one of the most watched events during the fair. It also generally ends up being a lot of laughs, as well. Photo by Shantel Wight

Mariposa Fair Rodeo royalty members shared a good laugh during the bounce horse competition on Friday night. The annual Foster Family Fun Night is always one of the most watched events during the fair. It also generally ends up being a lot of laughs, as well. Photo by Shantel Wight

Parade Grand Marshal Virginia Scott is shown riding during the parade on Saturday morning.

Parade Grand Marshal Virginia Scott is shown riding during the parade on Saturday morning.

Smokey Bear is always a popular entry during the parade.

Smokey Bear is always a popular entry during the parade.

Miss Merced County Angela Matthews is shown during the parade. Mariposa County girls are eligible to compete for the title in Merced County.

Miss Merced County Angela Matthews is shown during the parade. Mariposa County girls are eligible to compete for the title in Merced County.

This is the entry from members of the Miwuk Tribe, which featured the traditional roundhouse that is now being constructed at Yosemite National Park.

This is the entry from members of the Miwuk Tribe, which featured the traditional roundhouse that is now being constructed at Yosemite National Park.

Inky’s Basement Band was popular along the parade route, entertaining the parade goers with various music.

Inky’s Basement Band was popular along the parade route, entertaining the parade goers with various music.

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office was well represented during the parade, including this entry featuring the department’s boat.

The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office was well represented during the parade, including this entry featuring the department’s boat.

Employees and family members of Pacific Gas & Electric were part of this entry in the parade.

Employees and family members of Pacific Gas & Electric were part of this entry in the parade.

This is the “Friends of the Fairgrounds” entry. The group works all year around the help raise funds for the fairgrounds.

This is the “Friends of the Fairgrounds” entry. The group works all year around the help raise funds for the fairgrounds.

Both major political parties were represented during the parade on Saturday morning. At “left” is the Mariposa Democrat Club and on the “right” is the Mariposa County Republican Party.

Both major political parties were represented during the parade on Saturday morning. At “left” is the Mariposa Democrat Club and on the “right” is the Mariposa County Republican Party.

 

 

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