Oregon Trail Days Parade: A tradition like no other for community

The community comes together for the Oregon Trails Day Parade (Source KNEP)
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GERING, Neb. - (KNEP) - For many it’s a tradition and for others it’s about starting a tradition, but the Oregon Trail Days Parade continues to bring a community together.

With the smell of sun tan lotion wafting in the air and the sun blazing down on those placing the final touches on their floats, families, friends and community members lined 10th street in Gering.

Shannon Griffitts with MediRevv said most of those on their float have grown up in the area. She feels the parade and Oregon Trail Days is about community fun, celebrating the history of the area and where it’s going moving forward. This is the first time she and the company is participating in the parade and they are hoping to make it an annual tradition.

Now the parade isn’t new for Cindy and Arnond Orndoff who have been going for years. Cindy grew up in the area and used to go with her parents while Arnond has been going for the last 35 years. They both said it’s about the community coming together and supporting each other.

Cindy shared that her most memorable moments include the jets flying over while Arnond spoke of longhorn cattle coming through.

A community supporting each other and showcasing all the joy with floats barreling down 10th street Saturday morning which always puts a smile on the faces of everyone.