Evergreen is a tight-knit community and like most small towns, has certain events that make it that way. The annual Evergreen Rodeo and Parade begins this week and runs June 18th – 20th! The roots of the annually hosted rodeo and it’s accompanying parade go back as far as the 1930′s and possibly began even earlier in the 1920′s with local residents providing rodeo style entertainment for themselves and to guests at the historic Troutdale Resort. The Evergreen Rodeo was considered a local competition until the first recognized professional Rodeo took place here in 1947 and the current rodeo grounds in the El Pinal neighborhood were built in 1966. The rodeo has hosted many famous and legendary professional cowboys over the years including national and world champions and has seen the making of some rodeo records as well. Tickets for the Rodeo are available online and at many stores around Evergreen.
The weekend will officially begin at 7am with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast in downtown Evergreen to be followed by the Main Street Rodeo Celebration at 9am and Parade at 10am. The parade (held every year over Father’s Day weekend) has always been a big draw for residents and visitors to Evergreen, in it’s own right. In fact, the celebration and parade is the only annual event that requires the closing of Highway 74. The main thoroughfare through town will be closed on Saturday from 9:30 am until 1pm from Douglas Park near the Excel Energy Building, around Evergreen Lake and through downtown Evergreen all the way to Meadow Drive. The theme of this year’s parade is “A Salute to our Military Troops” and many local businesses and organizations will be providing floats and entertaining antics in the parade, which typically includes over 100 bands, floats, vehicles and other parade entries.
This year, EAS+Y (Evergreen’s Alliance for Sustainability) is working with EDS to provide recycling bins along the parade route and will also be one of the last floats in the parade in order to help clean up along the parade route. We will be collecting and sorting out materials left behind along the parade route for recycling. Please join EV Studio Evergreen and EAS+Y at the parade and let’s all help to keep Evergreen “Green” by placing recyclable refuse in the provided bins during the parade. Look for the “I’m EAS+Y!” t-shirts if you have any questions about sustainability or recycling as we help along the way!