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  • EMERGENCY MEDICAL technicians, or EMTs, were all smiles during the Plains Day Parade down Main Street Saturday. (Carolyn Hidy photos/Clark Fork Valley Press)

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    THERE WERE bags aplenty along the Plains Day Parade route on Saturday, June 1. It was first-come, first served on collecting candy.

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    MANY YOUNGSTERS, like the little girl above, ran out and gave Smokey Bear a “bear hug” during the Plains Day Parade on Saturday.

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    AT LEFT, Bob Mayes of Paradise shows off his handy aluminum can crusher, repurposed from a stationary hay baler from the 1920s or ‘30s.

  • EMERGENCY MEDICAL technicians, or EMTs, were all smiles during the Plains Day Parade down Main Street Saturday. (Carolyn Hidy photos/Clark Fork Valley Press)

  • 1

    THERE WERE bags aplenty along the Plains Day Parade route on Saturday, June 1. It was first-come, first served on collecting candy.

  • 2

    MANY YOUNGSTERS, like the little girl above, ran out and gave Smokey Bear a “bear hug” during the Plains Day Parade on Saturday.

  • 3

    AT LEFT, Bob Mayes of Paradise shows off his handy aluminum can crusher, repurposed from a stationary hay baler from the 1920s or ‘30s.

It is difficult to capture an event as broad-ranging and active as Plains Days in words. Throughout the community, from the fields to the streets, the gym to the golf course, the corners to the clouds, Plains abounded with laughter, good sportsmanship, generosity, athleticism, kindness, volunteerism, and fun.

Competitions from football and basketball to turtle races brought out cheering fans. Dunk tank volunteers heckled softball throwers from their perch until someone silenced them by hitting the target. Pilots volunteered their planes, fuel, time and expertise to take all comers for a view of their home from the heavens, and a chance to feel their hands on the controls, possibly imagining themselves as pilots in the future. Meanwhile, the past was honored as well, as folks toured the old jail and schoolhouse, marveling at the simplicity and starkness of a single metal cell or an old blackboard.

Many activities raised funds for local organizations to carry on their good works, such as the sports complex and the VFW. Others were just giving back, such as the free ice cream social at the bank.

The parade brought out flag-waving crowds to cheer for local emergency service volunteers and floats from go-karts to rafts, fine horses to classic cars, 4-H and dancers, giant art supplies and midget patrols with giant men.

Plains shone last weekend.

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