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Al O'Brien

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The world famous Mother Lode Round-Up Parade kicks off in Downtown Sonora at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10th, and will feature nearly 200 parade entries marching, trotting and rolling down the entire length of Washington Street. As usual, thousands of spectators can be expected, lining the street to watch and cheer. It draws over 20,000 visitors and spectators and has become one of “the events to see” in California. The Parade has grown to 5 Sections of over 200 entries.

Remember, the Parade begins at 10am on Saturday, May 10th and there’ll be a crowd so get there early to find a place to park and to stake your claim on place watch along Washington Street.

2014 Parade
Lead section
1 Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse Color Guard — Vern Gerdau, Al O’Brien, Tim Orpurt and Mike Schaffer.
2 Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele.
3 Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse Captain Ron Stearns.
4 Mother Lode Roundup Grand Marshal George Durnall — Durnall is a 35-year member of the posse.
5 Mother Lode Roundup Major Sponsor Flags.
6 Sonora Ford.
7 Tractor Supply Co.
8 Sonora Elementary School Bobcat Band — The band is marching under the direction of John Burns.
9 Sonora Regional Medical Center.
10 Kamps Propane.
11 Clarke Broadcasting.
12 2014 Mother Lode Roundup Queen Sylvana Talamantes — Talamantes, 18, is riding her 5-year-old quarter horse Moonshine.
13 2014 Mother Lode Roundup Queen 1st Runner-up Paige Ryan — Ryan, 24, is a graduate of Kansas State University.
14 2014 Mother Lode Roundup Queen 2nd Runner-up Evon Meckler — Meckler, 17, is a junior at Sonora High School and president of the school’s FFA program.
15 2014 Mother Lode Roundup Queen Court, Courtney Blackmore — Blackmore, 18, is riding her mustang mare, Minny Biscuit.
16 2014 Mother Lode Roundup Queen Court, Rachelle Snitchler — Snitchler, a sophomore at Sacramento City College, is majoring in political science with a minor in linguistics.
17 2013 Mother Lode Roundup Queen Lorna Job — Job is a senior at Connections Visual and Performing Arts Academy.
18 No entry.
19 Miss California Rodeo Ondrea Edwards.
20 California Rodeo Salinas Queen Grace Tobias — The Salinas Rodeo is July 17 through 20. Go online to www.c-arodeo.com for more information.
21 Calaveras County Saddle Queen and Court — 2013 Calaveras Saddle Queen Julia Kalika is riding with the 2014 queen hopefuls Samantha Cobb and Jordan Moore.
22 Mariposa Rodeo Royalty.
23 District 5 High School Rodeo Queen Katie Serpa.
24 The Union Democrat.
25 2014 Honorary Town Marshal Jeff Timm — Timm is riding in a car provided by Ray Hines.
26 No entry.
27 California Highway Patrol.
28 Senator Tom Berryhill — Berryhill is a fourth-generation farmer and wine-grape grower.
29 Assemblyman Frank Bigelow — Bigelow is a lifelong rancher and small-business owner.
30 Tuolumne County Transit Agency — Entry includes “Holley the Trolley” and “Dodge the Ski Bus.”
31 No entry.
32 No entry.
Section 1
33 Orange Crush Marching Band — The band, playing “Take on Me” by Aha and “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi, is under the direction of drum majors Cyrena Scott and Brianna Kavanaugh.
34 Raider Cheerleader June Price — Price is being pulled in her chariot by Bobby Conyers in his 1994 Ford Ranger.
35 Tuolumne County Youth Centers and Tiny Tots.
36 Golden Timbers Girl Scouts — Unit 602 is welcoming new girls and volunteers.
37 Hailey Lopes and Twinkie — Hailey, 9, has been riding her pony, Twinkle, since she was 2 years old. Hailey is a member of the California State Horsemen’s Association and has been awarded numerous titles, awards and trophies. Hailey is riding along with her mother, Rosa Lopes, who is riding Dusty.
38 Leslie Cowboys — Chuck Leslie is riding with his grandson Todd Leslie.
39 Roundtree Sisters from Painted Hill Ranch — Chloe, Tabitha and Breelyn are riding in the Roundup Parade for their seventh year.
40 Rachel Davis — Rachel is 174 and an eighth-grader at Sonora Elementary. She is a seventh-generation Tuolumne County native. She is riding Max.
41 Connie Hawkins and Pogonip Miniature Horse — Hawkins and Pogonip are representing the Itsy Bitsy Ranch of Sonora. Hawkins is riding in a rare Buckeye Norena show cart. Pogonip is in the Miniature Horse Hall of Fame for performance and halter.
42 Mary and Stephanie Suess — This is Mary’s 13th year in the parade. She is a junior at Summerville High School.
43 Hope Houck — Hope is dressed as a little Indian girl, Hopahaunus.
44 No entry.
45 Lil’ Cowboy Cort — Lil’ cowboy Cort Leslie is an eighth-generation Tuolumne County cowboy.
46 Jessica Reibin and Cailyn McPek.
47 La Grange Rodeo Association — The La Grange Rodeo Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve our Western culture. President Jean Castagne and other members are appearing along with La Grange Rodeo Queen Hailey De Coite and Princess Megan Rivera.
48 St. Matthew Lutheran Church — Members of St. Matthew Lutheran Church are cleaning up the streets.
49 49er Cab.
50 Community Service Unit — The Community Service Unit was formed in 1992 to assist the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department of non-law-enforcement duties. Offices are located in Sonora, Jamestown, Twain Harte, Tuolumne and Groveland.
51 Columbia Elementary School Band — The band, under the direction of Diane Ditler, is playing “We Are Young.” They are led by drum majors Paige Houck and Izzy Lopez.
52 No entry.
53 No entry.
54 Sonora Volunteer Fire Department — Jim Garaventa is driving a 1939 GMC fire engine, and Mike Mandell is driving at 1953 GMC fire engine.
55 Mother Lode Volkswagen Club — The 14th annual Mother Lode VW Show and Swap Meet will be held July 26 at Utica Park in Angels Camp.
56 Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee — The 65th annual Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee will be held June 26 through 29 in downtown Tuolumne.
57 Columbia Nursery and Florist. 
58 On Stage Dance Studio.
59 No entry.
60 Miss Tuolumne County Scholarship Pageant — Representing Tuolumne County are Miss Tuolumne County Michaela Emerald, Teen Miss Tuolumne County Denicka Vava, Junior Miss Tuolumne County Alexis Longeway, Little Miss Tuolumne County Kimberly Yaple and Tiny Miss Tuolumne County Paige Halencek.
61 Sierra Repertory Theatre — The theater is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. It has sold more than 1 million tickets for nearly 285 productions This summer’s production is “The Sound of Music.”
62 Tuolumne County Special Olympics — The organization offers nine different sports for special needs people and more than 100 registered athletes. Their website is Sonc.org.
63 LinkLine Charter and Tours.
64 Mountain Oaks School — Student Donna Miller made the tear-drop camper out of 80 percent recycled materials as her high school project.
65 Therapy Dogs of the Sierra, Chapter 186 — The organization is a volunteer group of volunteer handlers and their dogs who visit nursing homes, hospital facilities and any other place where therapy dogs are needed. The Tail Waggin’ Tutors program allows children to practice reading aloud to dogs in a relaxed atmosphere.
66 No entry.
67 Aronos Club.
68 Skyline Place Senior Living and Oak Terrance.
69 America Sports Gymnastics.
70 Deutsch for Assessor.
71 Kountry Kids Preschool.
72 St. James Episcopal Church — Sonora’s “Red Church” has been a landmark since 1960. Traditional Episcopal services are held at 10 a.m. every Sunday.
73 Tuolumne County Arts Alliance — “Owliver” leads the alliance, which offers instruction in art, dance and music at KASA (Kids Art Studios Academy) on the Sonora Dome campus in Sonora.
Section 2
74 Curtis Creek Elementary School Band — The band, under the direction of Nikki Harper, is playing “Wipe Out” and “Another One Bites the Dust.” Drum majors are Latham copello, Trent Tanko and Ron Watson.
75 Senior Expo — The fifth annual free Senior Expo will take place June 11 in Sonora.
76 Sonora Cat Rescue — Sonora Cat Rescue is offering free spay and neuter certificates to the first 100 in May. Their website is sonoracatrescue.org.
77 Summerville Parent Nursery School — The school is a parent-participation, cooperation nursery school in Tuolumne and has been operating for 45 years.
78 Randi Murray’s Dance Studio — The studio is celebrating its 37th year with a recital on June 27.
79 No entry.
80 Sonora Geezers — The Geezers are celebrating the end of the war of 1812 with the “Liberty Bell.”
81 4-H Rock Creek Riders.
82 Black Oak Casino.
83 No entry.
84 Sonora A’s — The Sonora A’s are part of the Model A Ford Club of America and are dedicated to restoring and preserving the Model A Fords built between 1928 and 1931.
85 1923 Rickenbacker — Dick and Hazel Mitchell are owners of the 1923 Rickenbacker and founders of “Give Someone A Chance,” which strives to provide shelter and assistance to the homeless, starting with veterans.
86 Safari Learning Academy.
87 No entry.
88 Candidate for Assessor-Recorder Kaenan Whitman.
89 All Hallows Fantasy Faire — The fair will take place Oct. 25 and 26 at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.
90 Sonora High School Cheerleaders.
91 Elks Lodge No. 1587 — The lodge is the second-largest charitable organization in the U.S., helping veterans, raising money for children with disabilities, sponsoring soccer and hoop shoots and providing scholarships for students.
92 Columbia College Forestry and Natural Resources Club.
93 Sonora Emblem Club No. 124 — State President Jackie Orovecz is riding on the float with Emblem Club members.
94 Sonora High Golden Regiment Band — The band, led by Senior Drum Major Matt Howard and Junior Drum Major Cassidy Wise, is playing “Sir Duke.”
95 No entry.
96 National Alliance on Mental Illness in Tuolumne County — The organization will host an Apple Festival pancake breakfast at Applebee’s on May 31.
97 Conifer Communications.
98 Grandma’s House — Grandma’s House is a nonprofit organization that provides tutoring, mentoring and life skills to children with educational challenges.
99 AAA Wesco Carpet Cleaning.
100 Five Claw Martial Arts.
101 Mike Dambacher for Assessor-Recorder.
102 Joanie Gisler’s Lazy G Bar Ranch — The ranch will be featured on the Farms of Tuolumne County Tour in June.
103 California Gymkhana Association-Mother Lode Wranglers — The association has more than 4,000 members. The local District 32 holds shows monthly at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, open to all ages.
104 Back Country Horsemen Mid-Valley Unit — The organization promotes junior horse camps, back-country junior horse trips, trail clearing, work parties in conjunction with the Forest Service and provides other equine wilderness opportunities.
105 Calaveras-Tuolumne Cattle Women — The women work to deliver nutritious products to local markets.
106 Country Doctor — Beetle Bailey and Country Doctor Davey “Doc” Wiser are appearing in their 37th Roundup Parade. They participate in the Highway 50 Wagon Train, Pony Express Re-ride and free stagecoach rides in Placerville.
107 Matt Hawkins — Matt Hawkins is running for his second term on the Sonora City Council.
108 Sons of Confederate Veterans.
109 Sierra Senior Providers Inc./Tuolumne County Senior Center — Sierra Service Providers provide Meals on Wheels to homebound seniors.
110 Mother Lode Region Antique Automobile Club of America — The 40-year-old local car club includes antique, classic and special interest cars.
111 Massage Rehabilitation.
112 Mother Lode Wildlife Care — Mother Lode Wildlife Care is the county’s newest resource for injured, orphaned or diseased wildlife, specializing in birds and squirrels.
113 No entry.
Section 3
114 Soulsbyville Elementary School Band — The Falcon’s band features 75 musicians in fifth through eighth grades. They are under the direction of Jim Gaddis and are celebrating more than 100 years of marching bands in Soulsbyville.
115 Rock On Propane Tank Covers.
116 Great Clips.
117 Ray Woosley — Woosley and his great-grandson, Adam Ballard, are riding in a 1929 Model A Roadster. The Chevy body was rebuilt and painted by Chris Estes.
118 Wines of Tuolumne County.
119 Twain Harte Rotary — The Twain Harte Rotary will host an outhouse race on June 7 at the park in Twain Harte.
120 Luv’s Auto Detailing.
121 Habitat for Humanity Restore.
122 Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 391 — Chapter 391 has been active in the community for 36 years and are the largest chapter in the state with more than 500 members.
123 Korean War Veterans Chapter 203 — The chapter, from Turlock, is called “War Dogs” in honor of all dogs who have fought and died in the country’s wars.
124 James D. Piper VFW Post 12118 and Ladies Auxiliary — The Copperopolis Veterans of Foreign Wars, James D. Piper Post 12118 and its auxiliary, is joined by Go Devil’s Military Jeep Club.
125 Smyth-Bolter Post 58 American Legion.
126 Affordable Moving and Storage.
127 Sierra Service Master.
128 Christian Heights Church.
129 Sierra Non Profit Services: Volunteer Division — Providing music for the organization’s entry is the band Crash Landing.
130 Foothill Fireplace Pools and Spas.
131 Aahmes Shriners Color Guard and Marching Patrol — The guard and patrol has been in existence since 1910. It supports the Shriners Hospital for Children in North America. The groups are led today by Capt. Dennis Fuller.
132 Aahmes Elective Divan — These men are leaders of Aahmes Shrine Center in Livermore for 2014. They are led today by Aahmes Potentate Illustrious Sire Sam Smith Jr.
133 Aahmes Legion of Honor — The unit is composed of veterans from World War II, and the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf, Somalia and Rwanda wars. The Legion of Honor is led by Cmdr. Steve Rhoades.
134 Mother Lode Shrine Clowns — President this year is Steve Webb.
135 Aahmes Motorcycle Patrol — President this year is Doc Bailey.
136 Aahmes Alchemist Shrine Clowns — The clowns’ chief this year is Richard “Chipshot” Ahlbon.
137 Aahmes Nomads Car Club — The club was founded in January 2012 by a group of car enthusiasts from the Shrine Center in Livermore. It provides support for the Shriners Children’s Hospital. Club president is Robert Huntley.
138 Aahmes Novkeps — The Novkeps take care of novices about to become Shriners. Captain is Lloyd Garbutt.
139 Aahmes Shrine Mounted Patrol — Members are riding matched Tobiano paint horses. President this year is Tim Wilbur.
140 Summerville High FFA — The club this year has 25 student members and 30 animals.
141 San Joaquin Valley Rangers Inc. — The Spurs and Lace was established in 2004 as a division of the San Joaquin Valley Rangers in Stockton, an equestrian club established in 1946. The group promotes equine sports and activities for all ages and skill levels.
142 Twain Harte Horsemen Inc. — The group was established in 1948. President is Dave Forrest. The group will hold an open house and horse fair on Memorial Day weekend at its Center Camp facility in Twain Harte.
143 Sierra Cowgirls — The Sierra Cowgirls Color Guard team is in its third year in the Roundup Parade.
144 Monterey County Sheriff’s Posse — Richard Holland is captain of the group, which was established in 1939. The group will present an annual Junior Rodeo on May 31.
145 St. Matthew Lutheran Church — Church members are keeping the streets clean.
146 Nutritional Filling Station.
147 Dodge Brothers and Sisters — The group is displaying 1914 through 1962 Dodge Brothers cars and trucks, along with non-Dodge guests.
148 Buck’s Body Shop.
149 No entry.
Section 4
150 Jamestown Elementary Panther Band — The band, under the direction of Diane Ditler, is playing “Great Balls of Fire.” They are being led by drum majors Abigail Persson and Hannah Dowler-Black.
151 Columbia Fire Department Engine Company No. 1 — The company was established in 1950. Featured in the entry are a 1922 Model T touring car, a 1919 Double T Ford hose cart, a 1931 Dodge fire engine and Papeete, an 1858 fire pumper purchased in 1860. The newest addition to the department is a wildland engine first-responder truck.
152 Ted Matson — Ted Matson is in a 1972 Cadillac ambulance, one of only eight surviving models from that year.
153 Sonora High ROP Wildland Fire — The engine was acquired two years ago for fire training students.
154 Tuffy Nuff Logging.
155 Tuolumne County Sheriff Search and Rescue — Members respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to emergency calls. Members are strictly volunteer and are trained in the disciplines of ground search, map, compass and land navigation, and search tactics.
156 Tuolumne County Association of Realtors — The association is dedicated to promoting home ownership in Tuolumne County.
157 JS West Ace Hardware.
158 ER Energy.
159 Cal Fire Local 2881 Pipes and Drums Band and Honor Guard — The band is honoring Eva Schicke, who lost her life in a Tuolumne County fire 10 years ago.
160 Cal Fire, Tuolumne County Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service — 2014 is Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday.
161 Orchard Supply Hardware.
162 Tuolumne County Republican Central Committee — Members of the committee and Tuolumne County Republican Women Federate are riding in a classic car.
163 Tuolumne County Friends of the NRA — The group will host its annual banquet June 7 at the Sonora Elks Lodge. Funds raised are used to support youth shooting sports.
164 Bureau of Reclamation New Melones Park Rangers.
165 No entry.
166 Coulterville Claim Jumpers — The Claim Jumpers are an 1800s Old West reenactment nonprofit group. Members perform shoot-out shows in downtown Coulterville May through September.
167 Pedroni Racing.
168 No Entry.
169 World Collaborative Performance Machines — The club includes all makes and models. Current club members include Lisa Perez, Chris Simmons, John Wheeler, Malina Cooper and Brandon Russell.
170 Matuca Chapter No. 1879 E Clampus Vitus — E Clampus Vitus was founded in the Gold Rush days to help families of fallen miners and continued to preserve the history of the Old West. Members are carrying the Bennginton Flag, which was the first flag to lead American troops on land.
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