ROY -- Thousands of Roy residents spent Saturday celebrating the city's heritage as the community capped off its weeklong annual celebration with a parade, carnival, vendor booths, a car show and, of course, fireworks.
"The community is very involved with Roy Days," said Sandie Toone, a resident and president of the Roy High School band boosters.
The band is responsible for the vendor booths during the carnival at George Wahlen Park and uses the money raised from the booths and from its own concessions to pay for students' band fees throughout the year.
The band has been enjoying the fundraiser for the past 15 years. "The city is really good at letting everyone have a piece of Roy Days," Toone said.
She pointed out that different service groups are in charge of different events, with the Kiwanis being over Friday night's Salmon Bake and the Elks in charge of the parade.
Toone said the band boosters feel greatly indebted to the city for allowing them to be part of Roy Days to offset the high costs of their children participating in marching band. The band usually raises about $10,000 from the event, said Debi Larson, a self-proclaimed "band mom."
While parents run the concession stands, the band students are on garbage patrol during and after the event.
"They take part in helping pay their fees," Toone said.
Resident Emily Milliner never misses Roy Days. She and her son, Justin, were headed to the rides, Justin's favorite part, Saturday afternoon after he and his fellow Tae Kwon Do students had put on a demonstration for onlookers.
"It's great coming to see everyone from the neighborhood," Milliner said as she stood under the water misters around the booths at the carnival. Milliner said seeing her neighborhood friends is definitely her favorite part of the celebrations, but she also enjoys the other activities.
Jerry Becraft is a 35-year veteran of the Roy Fire Department and is a big fan of Roy Days. He especially enjoys the parade because he gets to ride in the fire trucks and throw out candy. He talked about how happy the kids are when they get a huge handful.
"It's fun to do nice things," Becraft said as he sat behind a table filled with stuffed animals. He comes to the carnival portion with the department's safety trailer that makes the rounds to schools throughout the year.
He brings along stuffed animals that people have donated throughout the year to give to children who have been in accidents.
"We have so many, I bring some of the extras and the kids just love it," Becraft said.
Resident Lana Atkinson and her family spend the day at many of the events.
"It's a tradition for us," she said.