We think this was the 17th Annual Fourth of July parade in Tuscarora, but nobody knows for sure. This year Vern Lamb, who lives and works at the nearby NDOT maintenance station, drove the firetruck. Vern says driving a firetruck has been on his bucket list since he was a kid. Two of his grandsons were in the back with semi-automatic squirt guns and water balloons, squirting the parade participants, all twelve onlookers and each other.
There were at least half a dozen horseback riders, the youngest being five-year-old Sarah Pfeiffer, who rode with her mom, Kelley. They live at the nearby Quarter Circle S ranch, along with husband Darren and seven-year old son Thomas. The parade also included Aurora Tuscarora Parks accompanying her grandfather Dennis in his electric wheelchair. Terri Yohee and her grandson Lucas rode in a fishing boat decorated with red, white and blue bunting and hitched to husband Mike’s rig. Gold prospectors Andy and Lois drove their four-wheeler, along with several folks in four-wheelers. I don’t know who they were, but we were glad they joined in.
The hit of the parade was the fleet of five aerial firefighting aircraft, a secret project Sidne Teske and Laura Moore worked on for a month. Made of cardboard and glue, modeled after actual aircraft and strapped on to five lady pilots, these brightly painted airplanes could easily serve as extreme wearable art. Sidne says they will likely hang from the ceiling of the Duncan Little Creek Bar and Gallery in Elko until next 4th of July.
As always, the parade was followed by a barbecue and potluck on the lawn adjacent to the Pottery School.
— Nancy Harris McLelland