“Everything is fun, we are just a small town and any participants are welcome,” said volunteer Sue Phillips.
She is part of the Elk City Days Planning Committee, along with Greg Coon, Bruce Gabari and another 20 Elk City residents.
The historic Elk City Days celebration in Idaho County will continue this year amid COVID-19 guidelines. Festivities are planned this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 7-8.
Lots of activities are planned, including a logging show and competition, dunk tank, music, arts and crafts, quilt raffle, yard sales and food booths. “It’s good for the community to come together, and it helps to bring people here in the first part of August,” said Phillips.
“This year’s theme is “All In This Township Together.” Phillips continued, “Elk City is a township and a school surrounded by national forests, and we went with this theme really playing off of the ‘ship’ in township.”
The grand marshals for 2020 will be Jessica Montgomery, Damian Hagaman and Cheryl Sims. Precautions for COVID-19 are being taken into account and planning is in place to stick to the Center for Disease Control guidelines, said Phillips.
Face masks and gloves are welcome, and social distancing will be promoted as much as possible, she said, “We are welcoming anybody to come into town and do what is comfortable for them,” she said.
Preregistration for the main parade is still available; forms and drop-off are located at the Elk City General Store. For information, contact Phillips at 208-842-2359. Elk City Days is a unique part of life in North Central Idaho, said Phillips.
“Everything is fun; it’s very small town and it’s very participant-welcome,” she said. “Part of the interest is to come into Elk City, which is such a great town, and it tends to be a reunion for people who have grown up here as a kid or lived here over the years. Even for people who move away, Elk City always seems to keep a piece of their heart.”