Ranching is more than a way of life for Vale 4th of July grand marshals

Longtime Jamieson ranchers Steve and Mary McBride are the 2018 Vale 4th of July grand marshals. (The Enterprise/Jayme Fraser).

JAMIESON - For more than 70 years, Steve and Mary McBride have worked in the Treasure Valley cattle business.

His first cow was a gift from his dad when he was 5. Her grandfather gave her a calf around the same age.

They’ve been ranching ever since, and retirement eludes them.

“I thought I was going to get out a week or two ago,” Steve joked, noting that the recent rain finally turned the grass green and given his cattle something to eat.

He also bought more cattle.

The McBrides will be grand marshals of the Vale 4th of July Rodeo after being selected by the rodeo board.

Jim Mendiola, rodeo . . .