The Idaho Cattle Association is marking its centennial in style with — what else? — a cattle drive.
The wrangling starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, in a bit of an unusual location.
“We started planning about a year and a half ago,” said Jesse Brown, a member of the association. “We knew it was going to be a big undertaking.”
About 25 Texas longhorns will be unloaded from trucks at 44th Street, and a group of outriders will drive the cattle to Kent Lane. Gov. Butch Otter will be among the dignitaries participating, a spokesman said Tuesday. Several chuck wagons will be part of the drive.
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“We wanted the cattle drive to draw people’s attention and kind of give back to the public,” Brown said. “Most people have never seen a cattle drive in their lives and it’s a capstone event for the anniversary.”
The Cattle Association, with about 1,000 members, is holding its centennial celebration, convention and trade show Tuesday through Saturday at the Riverside Hotel in Garden City. It has invited the public to a free concert Wednesday at Julia Davis Park. The Boise Bolo Tie Blowout will feature music, food and a beer garden from 5 to 9 p.m.
The cattle drive is expected to take one to two hours. The cattle will be corralled in a parking lot at the fairgrounds and loaded back into trucks.
The public is encouraged to come out and watch the cattle drive anywhere along the route. Chinden will be shut down just before the 9:30 a.m. start, so be sure to get a good spot by 9-9:15 a.m.
Garden City Police Lt. Tom Patterson said the event should be low-key.
“These are parade cattle,” he said. “They’re used to walking down the street at a slow pace.”
Cleanup crews will shovel up waste, and ACHD has agreed to bring in street sweepers afterward, Brown said.