Roy Days one big party

Sunday , August 03, 2014 - 7:05 AM

Standard-Examiner staff

ROY -- People aren’t usually excited to see a hearse, but they are when its occupants are very alive, and throwing candy.

Not one, but two funeral coaches were seen in this year’s Roy Days Parade on Saturday. Of course, the parade also included an assortment of fire trucks, dance studios, and floats promoting local businesses. Roy High School was well represented by its band, cheerleaders, drill team, football team, and even a lacrosse team. There was also a long string of vehicles representing a 4 x 4 club, a mini train with cars made from barrels, and much more. Veterans of the Vietnam War were greeted with extra-loud applause as they marched by.

Dawson Robison, of Clinton, was at the parade because his 10-year-old sister Kamry Robison was performing with a cheerleading group. While he waited, the 7-year-old collected a lot of candy.

Sally Nakhwit, an 8-year-old from West Haven, received a special treat when she was invited to stand behind an airboat sporting Weber County sheriff’s decals. The big fan at the back of the boat, which was pulled in the parade on a trailer, sent a big rush of air over the girl.

After the parade, the crowd moved to George Wahlen North Park for Roy Days Super Saturday events.

Lori Foote, the Daughters of Utah Pioneers queen, and her second attendant Kay Zaugg, strolled through a large collection of booths where vendors sold everything from hand-crafted art to clothes and camping tents for dolls. The two women, dressed in pioneer-style clothing, noted that the weather was hot when the pioneers first entered the Salt Lake valley.

“It was hot then, and it’s hot now,” said Foote.

So the ladies, from Roy, bought a treat unavailable to the pioneers — snow cones.

Food is one of the big draws of Roy Days, according to the Lipsey family, who live near the park. They were there for barbecue ribs and brisket — and for “Band Fries,” one of several food items sold by boosters of the Roy High School band.

“They go from potatoes to fries right in front of you, and it’s for a good cause,” said Chris Lipsey.

While other people were buying food and tickets for carnival rides, Bob Bokinskie was having fun wandering through the car show at the west end of the park.

“Roy Days is always a good one to go to,” said Bokinskie, of Pleasant View, comparing it to celebrations put on by other cities. “There are more booths and activities, but I mostly come for the cars.”

Contact reporter Becky Wright at 801-625-4274 or Follow her on Twitter at @ReporterBWright.

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