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Thousands attend 86th annual White Mountain Apache Fair

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 21st, 2011

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Tribal Chairman, Terry Rambler, waves to the crowdas he marches through the parade with Vice-Chairman John Bush and members of the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council and staff members.

Whiteriver Thousands of visitors, including San Carlos Apache Tribal members and Tribal Chairman, Terry Rambler, Vice-Chairman, John Bush, and members of the Tribal Council, joined their neighboring White Mountain Apaches as they celebrated their 86th Annual White Mountain Apache Fair, which was celebrated from Sept. 1 - 4, 2011.

The parade route on Saturday morning, Sept. 2, began from the north side of Whiteriver near the hospital and ended at the turn off to the tribally-owned KNNB radio station.

This years theme was, A Salute to Warriors Protecting our Sacred Lands.

Veterans from various tribal nations marched through the parade as the crowd cheered and saluted them during their special numbers and marching.

The San Carlos Apache Veterans Association were especially cheered on by the crowd.

A special tribute honoring the catastrophic events of Sept. 11, 2001, were depicted showing a replica of the twin towers that were bombed as a United States flag was flowing about on the float.

Tribal Chairman, Ronnie Lupe and the First Lady, Gertrude Lupe, waved to the crowd as they made welcome all of their guests for the weekend celebration.

Tribal Chairman, Terry Rambler, also waved to the crowd and thanked them for their invitation and recognized Vice-Chairman Bush and members of the Tribal Council that were also present, Councilmembers Bernadette Goode, Mitchell Hoffman, Wendsler Nosie, Sr., Jonathan Kitcheyan, Fred Ferriera, Simon Hooke and Hugh Moses, Jr. Also present, was councilmember, Tao Etpison.

Accompanying the members of the Tribal Council as they marched in the nearly two-mile parade, were Tribal Secretary, Katrina Talgo, and the Administrative Staff members, Tamara Shorten, Tanayia White, Tessie Dillon, Judy Ferreira and Riley Dewey.

Amongst the visiting royalties were Ashley Nosie, reigning Miss Rodeo San Carlos Apache and her younger sister, Brittany Nosie, Jr. Miss Rodeo San Carlos Apache, Edith Starr, Miss San Carlos Apache, Honey Antonio, Miss Independence Day, Heidi Stevens, Jr. Miss San Carlos Apache, Kaitlin Case, Jr. Miss Independence Day, Deshava Peyketewa, Baby Boy of the Year, Mykal Mendoza, Miss Indian A.S.U., recently crowned Miss White Mountain Apache, Kyra Johnson and others.

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