Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 6, 2017
2017 Fourth of July

On July 4, crowds showed up in force at a shorter parade route in Tooele City and then at the Grantsville parade for old-fashioned hometown celebrations of freedom and rural life.

Interspersed throughout the parades were patriotic themes and symbols of Americana, including horses, local police carrying flags, ponies pulling buggies, high school bands, skateboarders in knit flag costumes, baseball coaches in tutus, newly-crowned city and county royalty and tractors pulling sheep camps.

Captain America made an appearance in Tooele City’s parade and a pony pulled Uncle Sam in a small cart in Grantsville. The horses were groomed and some even glittered.

But perhaps the focal point of all the day’s activities was the children — the majority of whom were dressed in stars and stripes as they gathered handfuls of taffy and otter pops. The kids greeted, waved and swayed to the music of passing bands, floats and other groups.

Though the daytime high was hot topping 100 degrees, families persisted to the last and helped Tooele County celebrate the nations’s 241st birthday.

Francie Aufdemorte

Photo Editor at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Francie Aufdemorte is photo editor for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin. A Tooele County native, she graduated from Tooele High School in 1989, and with a degree in English from the University of Utah in 2001. She next studied filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in 2005, from which she earned a certificate of completion. Her ties to community journalism begin in 2005 when she worked for the Magna Times for two years, handling everything from classified advertising to editing and proofing news stories. While there she also created and maintained a new website for the newspaper. In 2007, she opened a Salt Lake-based studio called Book Cliff Photography. As principle photographer, she worked both editorial and commercial assignments, including portraiture and weddings. As photo editor, Aufdemorte photographs news, features, sports and advertising for the Transcript-Bulletin and supplemental publications, while also managing and assigning the newspaper’s freelance photographers.

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