Grand marshals…

Ethel Starbuck, 95, and Joe Sullivan, 93, took a brief stroll around the Rio Blanco County Courthouse lawn following Thursday’s annual Fourth of July Parade, which featured the two as grand marshals. Throughout today’s Herald Times are photos and

Fireworks…

A variety of colors and shapes explode simultaneously as part of the Fourth of July fireworks display set off from Cemetery Hill above Meeker.

Range Call ~ Oldest continuous rodeo in state

MEEKER I Since 1938, the small town of Meeker, Colo., has celebrated our western heritage with its annual Range Call festival. In honor of keeping tradition alive, the Range Call Rodeo is a big part of the fun.

Kids’ events add to the fun at Ranch Rodeo

MEEKER I Don’t miss the Ranch Rodeo and Calcutta, which start at 11 a.m. Sunday at the Rio Blanco Fairgrounds.

Meeker Range Call fireworks display still happening Thursday

MEEKER I People might think they have to head to the big city for a decent fireworks display, but Meeker residents and Range Call attendees know better. Thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers and community support, Meeker’s annual Fourth of July fireworks display gets better every year.

Jumping for Jesus

MEEKER I More than 65 years old, Gene Sullivan is the oldest and longest touring motorcycle jumper in the world today. His first professional program took place in August 1970 in Colorado.

A history of the Meeker Massacre Pageant

The Meeker Pageant will start at dusk Friday, July 5 at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds in Meeker.

Editor’s note: A cornerstone of each year’s Range Call celebration is the re-enactment of the Meeker Massacre. The pageant was first presented in 1938 and has undergone considerable changes over the years as can be seen from this story, published in the July 4, 1968 edition of the Meeker Herald:

Parade marshals: Starbuck, Sullivan

Ethel Starbuck, 95, and Joe Sullivan, 93, will serve as grand marshals for the Range Call Annual Fourth of July Parade on Thursday. The couple stands out among long-time residents for their involvement in the community and the many projects they have undertaken and completed throughout many years.

MEEKER I In the universal quest of living life to the full, perhaps success can best be measured by how sincerely you give of yourself, maintain a positive outlook and take every opportunity to make each day a time to enjoy, to give and to share with someone.

Range Call Bank Robbery re-enactment a favorite of holiday events

The Rio Blanco County Historical Society serves rootbeer floats after the Bank Robbery re-enactment.

MEEKER I One of Meeker’s claims to fame was the dramatic attempted robbery of the Bank of Meeker on Oct. 13, 1896. As people have retold the event, there were a few hectic moments where bullets flew and danger was lurking. But, when the crisis was over, three “wanna be” bank robbers were dead.

History and Leadership of Pageant 2013

Highlights include a Wild West Variety Show and the Meeker Massacre Pageant (a theatrical re-enactment of the so-called Meeker Massacre.

MEEKER I All are welcomed to Meeker and the 128th Range Call celebration, and it is hoped that you will enjoy the 2013 presentation of “The Twilight of the Ute Empire.”

128th annual Range Call Celebration kicks off today

The Run for Your Life 5K Walk/Run will start the July 4, celebration with registration starting at 6:30 a.m., the run starting at 7:30 a.m., and the walk at 8 a.m.

MEEKER I Endurance, perseverance and stubborn tenacity were characteristic of Meeker’s pioneer settlers. Today’s residents share those same traits, living in a community that continues to survive, thrive and succeed in spite of booms and busts, droughts and floods, times of plenty and times of want.

RBC Pioneer Association events

MEEKER I White River Museum at 565 Park St. is open every day. Colorado’s only curio museum. See fascinating exhibits such as Teddy Roosevelt’s chair, Native American exhibits, pioneer art and artifacts and much more!