Monday, July 8, 2013

Atomic Days: July 19-20, 2013

By Melinda Shodin
On July 17, 1955, Arco became the first city in the world to be lit by nuclear energy! Electricity was generated by the Boiling Water Reactor III (BORAX III) at the internationally renowned Department of Energy Idaho National Laboratory, and was switched on by local technicians.  On that historic day, this safely harnessed Atomic Energy brightly lit our little City of Arco for approximately 2 hours.
Arco’s Atomic Days: sponsored by the Butte County Chamber of Commerce is held annually on the 3rd weekend in July.  It is a community-wide Rodeo and Festival-like celebration to commemorate this exciting day in our community’s history.  Commonly both high school class and family reunions, like to take advantage of this special time to hold reunions.  There are a wide variety of things to do and we draw folks from across America to our hometown. Please feel free to stop in and enjoy our fun filled celebration, activities and revel in all of the history Arco has to offer!  Stay updated by “liking” our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/atomicdays. 

 BRAD REMER ATOMIC DAYS RODEO
The Atomic Days Rodeo is a two day event stretching back 30 years and offers fun for the entire family! Little cowboys and cowgirls can participate in the Mutton Bustin’ competition and Stick Horse Races during the intermission. Then the whole family can enjoy a show that draws cowboys from all over the northwest with stock provided by Hogan Rodeo. Concessions are available to satisfy any person’s appetite or thirst.  So come on down, have some old fashioned fun at the rodeo grounds both Friday and Saturday evening for fun, great food, family time and friends!
6:30 pm Friday and Saturday - Pre-show events 
7:30 pm Friday and Saturday - Rodeo 
For more information contact Crystal Carpenter at 208-554-2523. 

PICKLES PLACE STEAK FRY
Pickle’s Place Steak Fry – 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday July 19  th. Come enjoy some of the valley’s best cuisine at the park shelter prepared by John and Angel Danz of Pickles Place. Live Music provided by MY DOG BANJO, Greg Hayward
CHAD NOLAN FREE FAMILY CONCERT
Chad Nolan Is a 20 year old Portland musician who loves both playing and writing music. He has been playing acoustic gigs for a couple years now; he takes every chance he has to make music. Chad plays acoustic versions of current songs as well as other well-known songs.  Chad has been playing and writing his own original music and is always looking forward to throwing one if those in his sets as well. Chads Concert last year was a huge hit! His performance was enjoyed by all ages!   Sponsored by Absolute Therapy Massage and Bodywork.  Showtime is 8pm @ the Park. Donations will be accepted.
WEEKEND ARTS/CRAFT/FOOD VENDORS
Local and Regional Vendors will have booths in Bottolfsen Park on Friday Evening, Saturday, and some stay for Sunday selling a multitude of crafts and other misc. items. The Vendor fees are as follows $35 for standard booths.  Food or Venders requiring electricity pay $50.  Organized and overseen by Butte High School Student Council. Bring your own tables, tents, etc. For vendor forms see the Facebook page or pick your form up at East Idaho Credit Union in Arco, ID.  For more information contact Vicki Northrup at (208)589-3979.
ANNUAL CHAMBER PANCAKE BREAKFAST
The Annual Pancake Breakfast in the shelter at Bottolfsen Park. This event leaves no one hungry. Chamber volunteers and East Idaho CreditUnion employees will be cooking up a delicious home cooked breakfast including pancakes, fruit, ham, eggs, and your choice of beverage. Breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., $5.00 per person, for all you can eat, this just cannot be beat! Sponsored By East Idaho Credit Union. 

ANNUAL FUN RUN/WALK and KIDS 1 MILE 
The Fun Run is a tradition that draws competitors from all over the map! The first race that ran drew a crowd of 70 participants and has grown larger every year!  Participants receive shirts and are eligible to win random drawings and prizes, many donations are made by local sponsors and post-race refreshments are provided. 
For more information contact Rich or Helen Hansen at 208-527-8984,208- 527-3493 or valinscnt@atcnet.net 
SAND VOLLEYBALL
Have some summertime fun form a team and play sand volleyball! Get your 6 person team together and join the sand volleyball competition at the volleyball pit in Bottolfsen Park. The event takes place Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, and there will be a cash prize for the tournament championship team.   For more information contact Rachel Schuldt at 208-241-7379. 

CO-ED SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
The Atomic Days Softball Tournament draws teams from Twin Falls, Pocatello, Blackfoot, Idaho Falls, along with our local softball teams. The tournament runs on Saturday at 8am-7pm and Sunday 8 am-championships begin. Games are played at the Bottolfsen Park and at Arco Elementary baseball fields. For more information or to register a team contact Rhonda Morris 208-201-3768.
 
HORSESHOE TOURNAMENT
The Horseshoe Tournament is very popular event.  Most teams form the day of the festival and come prepared to play with their own horseshoes.  For more information or entries contact Marla Colsen at 208-757-8777 
ATOMIC DAYS PARADE
The Atomic Days Parade is one of the highlights of the weekend. Entries from around the valley and the region make this hometown favorite a fun time for everyone. The Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. on July 20th. The parade route begins on County Road next to Pickle’s Place, runs along Front Street turning left on Grand Avenue and finishes up behind  Bottolfsen Park. Get your entries ready – floats, cars, kids, bands, clubs, animals, equipment!  Depending on the year, and sponsorship, entries will be judged and ribbons/trophies are sometimes awarded. For more information or parade entries contact Metal Specialties 208-527-4499.
PING PONG BALL DROP
The Ping Pong Drop is sponsored by the Butte County Sherriff’s Office.   Kids bring your grocery sacks, because not only the candy will be coming your way but be ready to play catch when the Ping Pong Balls are dropped from the airplane over the main street parade route. Bring ping pong balls from the drop, to the Sherriff’s Office to claim your prize.
Other Musical Entertainment and Dances
Mello Dee Club and Steak House offers a live rock band, “STIFFRICHARD” ,and street dance both nights beginning at 9pm playing till 2am
The Sawtooth has a live band on Saturday directly after the Parade.
The Arco Village Club will have live music / street dance on Saturday during Atomic Days. The featured band is "MUDDY BOTTOMBOYS". The band plays a variety of country western, 50's and 60's hits and an all-round music selection of rock. The music will start @ 8 p.m. Village has great food and drink and will be serving a full menu and salad bar for the weekend.
Please, mark your calendars and come visit our hometown celebration where everyone feels like they are a part of the family!  Atomic Days is celebrated in Arco, Idaho and is always the 3rd weekend in July of every year!
 

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