Mackay, Idaho is usually a pretty quiet town. It is settled in the Lost River Valley just below the Mackay Reservoir. The population in 2013 was 494 people. The graduating class at the Mackay High School this year was 6. Five girls and a boy, pretty small and pretty unique. What do we do on a Friday night in a town this size for date night?
Rally in the Pines
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The event is called “Rally at the Pines”. People come from all over the country to participate in this action-packed event. The fun started on Thursday as they checked in. There were 1200 registered so they figured over 1500 people were in town. Now you see why we noticed the extras in our normally very small community.
On Friday the local High School Rodeo Club set up a fundraiser. They fixed the participants breakfast and later that day washed Side by Side ATV’s and 4wheelers. (A bunch of ambitious kids and parents considering the size of the club.) Later that day the participants took a sightseeing tour to various areas in the valley. That would explain all of the traffic past my house earlier that day.
After we ate our dinner we got an ice cream cone at Burger Time. We decided to stay for the parade down Main street. We settled into a parking lot and waited for it to start. Fun was had by all. It seemed the parade participants were having a great time. The parade started off with a team of 5 draft mules pulling a line of wagons. They just happened to be passing through the county. The Side by Side ATV’s was decorated, and ready to go. I am not sure how many were in
the parade, but if you missed it the first time around, they drove around the block
and came past us again. This is a weekend-long event.
I thought I would share the fun by taking lots of pictures. I hope you enjoy them. Keep in mind all information is just the small town gossip on the street.
I look forward to the “Rally in the Pines” next year.
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