Watch your mail this Wednesday for your Old Fort Boise Days Schedule in M&W’s Ad flyer. Here is an e-copy:
We’d like to introduce you to our OFBD Parade Grand Marshals…Jack and Ruby Finley!
The Finley’s have lived in Parma since 1941. They have 2 children, 1 son and 1 daughter. In his younger years Jack drove truck hauling fuel and feed in the area
They say their favorite thing about Parma is the people!
Come see them ride in our Old Fort Boise Days Parade Saturday, June 8th at 11am
Thank you to all our sponsors, we couldn’t put on this event without you! This year we have had a wide variety of donations, anything from cash, to permits, to tables, to gift cards, to selling Cow Pie Bingo deeds for us, to tractor displays, to hayrides, and on and on. We appreciate your generosity and support! Can’t wait to see you all at Old Fort Boise Days!
The contest ended, the OFBD committee held a blind vote, and the winner was announced yesterday at Maxine Johnson Elementary School’s award assembly.
And the winner is: Emellia Summers! She will ride in the Old Fort Boise Days Parade on June 8th as JR Grand Marshall.
Her theme that was chosen is:
Big Dreams in a Small Town
And congrats to Ms. Stimpson’s and Ms. Smith’s Classes for turning in the most entries, hope you enjoyed your ice cream treats!
The Old Fort Boise Days 2019 Theme Contest is On! We delivered entry forms to the elementary school yesterday. Kids in grades 1-6 are eligible to enter. The deadline is March21st. The winner will receive and Old Fort Boise Days t-shirt and will be the JR Grand Marshall in the Parade on June 8th! Also, the class that turns in the most entries will win a prize. Can’t wait to see what they come up with 🙂
Old Fort Boise Days History
In 1834 Thomas McKay, an associate of the Hudson Bay Company, built a fort on the east bank of the Snake River. The fort, now known as Old Fort Boise, was located at the mouth of the Boise River, 40 miles from present day Boise. In 1854, due to frequent Indian raids, the fort was abandoned. Despite this, the military desired to build another fort in the area, but, before this plan could go into effect, gold was discovered in the Boise Basin in 1862. It was now necessary, more than ever, to protect the vast number of travelers coming to the area.
On July 4th, 1863, the military chose a location for the new Fort Boise and construction began soon afterward. A town site was located next to the fort, and with the protection of the military, the town grew quickly. A major reason for this growth, other than the gold rush, was its location along the Oregon Trail. Parma’s Old Fort Boise on the Eastern edge of town has a replica of Fort Boise, a museum and an authentic pioneer cabin. An RV park, picnic area and campground are available at the west end of the park.
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