The Stockton Day’s celebration last Saturday showed that residents remember their past with a lot of patriotism and they look toward the future with optimism.
Stockton Days was attended by both young and old and all ages in between.
The town’s celebration kicked off with a parade, which featured retro cars, a vintage fire engine, and not-to-forget that other pre-automobile form of transportation — the horse. At the forefront of the procession were teen girls carrying the nation’s colors.
Grand Marshals Don and Nadine West were honored, riding along the parade route in a red Mustang. In addition, representatives from Tooele Army Depot were also spotlighted in the parade, along with some waving from shiny army vehicles. Among them were TEAD commander Col. Jimmy Brown.
In addition, the younger girls of the town competed for the title of Stockton Princess. The theme for the pageant was “What a girl is.” Lexi Jaramillo, 10, competed and, as she was introduced, showed that she is a baker. She modeled a chef’s hat and apron as she carried a plate full of goodies.
All other pageant participants joined in a float down the parade route, from which they threw candy and greeted fellow residents. The route ended at the city’s ballpark where more events continued into the evening.
Throughout the day, residents viewed the vintage car show and cooled off in the shade of tent canopies as they browsed vendor booths and munched on food catered by Tooele’s Vista Linda Restaurant. The festivities also featured music, including karaoke.