Prairie Days Parade Rolls Through the City of Yelm

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 6/28/22

Yelm residents created a buzz on the morning of June 25 as they lined Yelm Avenue for the traditional Prairie Days Parade.

The sun shined bright when attendees began to take to the street around 8 …

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Prairie Days Parade Rolls Through the City of Yelm

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Yelm residents created a buzz on the morning of June 25 as they lined Yelm Avenue for the traditional Prairie Days Parade.

The sun shined bright when attendees began to take to the street around 8 a.m. in order to secure a spot under the clear blue sky. Numerous generations were present as residents young and old eagerly awaited the start of the parade.

Once 9 a.m. rolled around, a convoy of parade participants began to flood the street. Participants on the parade floats threw candy near the sidewalks, as children hustled to collect their sweet treats.

Many local businesses and organizations were represented during the Prairie Days parade. They included the Thurston County Youth Football League (TCYFL) Tornados.

The Tornados had representatives from all five of its age groups. For some, it was their first Prairie Days Parade.

“Getting the chance to put on our uniforms and see the kids show a little pride in what they do was really fun,” Nick Parsons, the assistant coach of the program, said. “It was fun getting to see the kids, get together with them, and see the community’s love and support.”

Parsons has two sons who play for the youth Tornados in different divisions. They both marched in the parade this year.

“I think a lot of these kids have pride in where they live, and it was great seeing the community support our kids and the parade, and (vice-versa),” Parsons said.



Shawn Jemtegaard brought his children to the 2022 Prairie Days Parade, continuing a long held tradition in his family.

“I’ve been going to Prairie Days since I was born,” Jemtegaard said. “My grandparents lived two houses up and we’d sit right here in front of the car wash for years.”

Jemtegaard believes the Prairie Days Parade embodies everything the city stands for. The event is an opportunity for the city and its residents to show pride and love for one another through the various activities offered throughout the week.

“Being able to now bring my kids and family to the parade and Prairie Days events is unbeatable,” Jemtegaard said. “That’s what living in Yelm is all about: tradition, family and friends, neighbors and getting together. We don’t get too much of that anymore.”

Once the parade concluded, attendees and parade participants headed over to the Yelm Community Center and Yelm City Park. Vendors dotted the park and included everything from Birria Tacos to coffee, flowers, clothing and local businesses.

Line Roy, the director of Yelm’s Chamber of Commerce, said the parade and festivities were a huge success.

“Everything just came together to make this a great day. The sun was shining, candy was being thrown, our partners came out in force to give Yelm one of our best parades,” Roy said. “It’s days like today that make me so proud to call Yelm home.”

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