Western heritage demonstrated
By Nathan French
This year’s XIT Parade was both memorable and enjoyable. A tree-lined, 100-year-old street dotted with American flags, horses, antique cars, bands, and filled with joyous people. What could be better? Attendees of all ages enjoyed the festivities. From a little boy, with a mesmerized gleam in his eye; to an old-timer with that same distinctive gleam, it was an enjoyable time for anyone of any age.
Huie Stanley, 73rd Annual XIT Rodeo and Reunion Parade Marshal, marshaled the parade and shared his feeling of Dalhart and its’ people, “The people are the best you can find to associate and live with. Dalhart is home.” How truly fitting; in an event such as the XIT Reunion Parade it becomes evident of just how great the local people are. Even though our community’s population swells to over three times what it normally is during the XIT weekend, it is still evident that Dalhart truly does have a heart.
All of the floats, riding groups, vehicles, farm equipment, and people in the procession of this year’s parade deserve a congratulatory tip of a cowboy hat to a job well done. Through careful organization, thanks to XIT Director Chad Straffus and all of those who helped put on the parade, this year’s parade went off without a hitch.
Everyone did a fantastic job and placeholders are as follows. In the Commercial Division, 1st Place went to Frontier Fuel with a prize of $250.00; 2nd Place went to Historic 6th Street on Route 66 with a prize of $175.00; and 3rd Place went to Superstar Coffee with a prize of $150.00.
In the Non Commercial Division, 1st Place went to Hartley Jr. High Cheerleaders with a prize of $250.00; 2nd Place went to Hartley County 4-H with a prize of $175.00; and 3rd Place went to Dalhart Christian Academy with a prize of $150.00.
In the Riding Club Division, 1st Place went to Moore County 4-H Horse Club with a prize of $250.00; 2nd Place went to Rolling Hills Riding Club Drill Team (Amarillo) with a prize of $175.00; and 3rd Place went to Randall County Sheriff’s Posse with a prize of $150.00.
In the Best Group (Spirit Award), 1st Place went to Hartley Jr. High Cheerleaders with a prize of $200.00; 2nd Place went to Dalhart High School Varsity Cheerleaders with a prize of $150.00; and 3rd Place went to Frontier Fuel with a prize of $100.00.
For the Best Antique Auto, the prize plaque went to Sonny Morton with a 1928 Model A Ford. For the Best Young Rider (less than 18-years-old), the prize plaque went to Katelyn Brownlee of Plainview. For the Riding Club Traveling the Furthest, the prize plaque went to Khiva Muleskinners of Amarillo.
Prizes may be picked up at the Dalhart Area Chamber of Commerce at 102 East 7th Street in Dalhart.
What a true illustration of XIT spirit and the long departed western way of life. A big Texan thank you goes out to the XIT Directors, their families, and all of the parade participants. A hearty Dalhart congratulations goes to all the parade winners. Cheers to Wild Rides and Big Dreams!