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Hailey’s Fourth of July Boasts Suffragettes and More
Wednesday, July 3, 2019


Elizabeth Jeffrey is in a quandary.

She’s been asked to march with the suffragettes in Hailey’s Fourth of July Parade to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Representation of the People Act. That would be the act that gave the vote to women over the age of 30 who met certain property qualifications.

And she feels duty bound to march with the new Hailey Climate Change founded on the belief that we have five years to make a change.

“There’s two places I want to be but one place I have to be,” she said. “I would love to be with the suffragettes celebrating the right of women to vote that took place in the past. But, instead, I ‘m going to be walking for the future, bringing awareness to the need to address climate change. And I hope maybe some people will jump up from the curb to join us along the way.”

The Hailey Days of the Old West Parade, which starts at high noon on Thursday, is one of a myriad of activities that include free concerts, the Wood River Land Trust’s Riverfest and the Sawtooth
Rangers Rodeo.

The Hailey Climate Action Coalition, which launched just recently, hopes to get 200 people to walk in the parade. Sun Valley Community School teacher Scott Runkel will drive an electric vehicle, while others cruise down the street on bicycles, skateboards, scooters and their own two feet in a display of transportation not involving fossil fuels.

Jeffrey will be there donned in red, white and blue. And then she and others will head to the RiverFest in Lions Park and the Draper Preserve to spread awareness about the Hailey Climate Action Coalition, which is meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at Sage School in Hailey.

So far, the coalition has been able to persuade the City of Hailey to hire Rebecca Bundy for five hours a week—for a year—just enough to bring attention to how much energy the city uses in hopes of finding ways to cut back on some of that energy consumption.

“This isn’t a long-term struggle—it’s a short-term struggle,” said Jeffrey. “If we don’t cut C02 in half in 10 years things are going to fall like dominos. We’re talking about wildfires and a bunch of other things.  We need to focus on the next five years.”

But first things first. The Fourth of July is coming. And that’s big in Hailey.

Just take it from The Los Angeles Times, which declared the Hailey’s Days of the Old West Fourth of July celebration one of the best places in the country to celebrate Independence Day.

It really starts tonight and runs through the long weekend.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights at a glance:

July 3-4, 7:30: Sawtooth Rangers Rodeo takes place in the Hailey Rodeo Arena at Hailey’s south entrance. There’ll be bronc riding, roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling, bull riding and, of course, a few clowns to boot. Mutton bustin’ takes place at 6 p.m. July 3 and the Sage Riders Mounted Shooting Club halftime entertainment on July 4. Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for children 10 and under purchased in advance. They’re $15 and $10 at the gate.

July 3, 5-8 p.m. Eric Lindell plays a mix of swampy blues and other New Orleans sound in a free concert at Ketchum Town Square.

July 3, 5-6: Company of Fools performs “Crimes of the Heart” at The Liberty Theatre in Hailey at 7:30 each night. Tickets: or 208-578-9122.


7:30-10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast with pancakes, eggs, bacon sausage and more will be held at the Hailey Grange Hall, 609 South 3rd Ave. in Hailey. Proceeds benefit Boy Scouts.

9 a.m. Tutus and Tennis Shoes 5K Fun Run will be held to support the Sun Valley Ballet Foundation. Starts at the Meriwether Building at First Avenue North and Bullion Street in Hailey. Cost is $25 and includes free post-race hotdog beer and lemonade. Register online at

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Arts & Antique Fair at Roberta McKercher Park in Hailey. (Continues July 5).

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bellevue Artist Alliance exhibit and open house at 111 S. Main St. in Hailey. (continues July 5-7).

10 a.m.-4 p.m. 5Bee Quilters Guild offers free showing of Stained Glass Windows and Quilts at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Bullion and Second Avenue in Hailey east of Atkinsons’ Market.

Noon—The Days of the Old West Parade launches on Myrtle and Main and heads south. Just listen for the sirens. Followed by Post Parade Patio Party featuring live music at The Mint.

1-5 p.m. Party in Sun Valley Village featuring face painting, wagon rides, bouncy house, photo booth, train, live music and more.

1-5 p.m. RiverFest at Draper Preserve and Lions Park. Features free live music by Swagger and Up a Creek, face painting, kids games, beer garden and free ice cream from Toni’s.

5-8 p.m. Free concert featuring Victoria Vox at Ketchum Town Square.

9:40 p.m.—Sun Valley on Ice presents 2018 Olympic bronze medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani. Cost: $49 to $179, available at  Will conclude show with fireworks.

10:15 p.m. Fireworks over Hailey shot from near Wood River High School.


10:15 a.m.—The free Sun Valley Story Tour takes place on the Mountain Rides Blue Route, looking at historic sites around town. Sign up at the Visitor Center in Ketchum.

July 5 and 6—DockDogs presents high-flying and long-jumping pooches making a splash. The show starts at 5 p.m. July 5 and 10 a.m. July 6. It will run through 5 p.m. Saturday when Tylor and the Train Robbers will play a free concert at 5 p.m. in Forest Service Park.

Register your dog at

 July 5 and 7, 7:30 p.m. Ballet Sun Valley presents 38 company dancers from the San Francisco Ballet in two different programs at Sun Valley Pavilion. Tickets start at $25. For tickets visit

5-8 p.m. Free Gallery Walk at galleries throughout Ketchum.


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