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Vale’s 4th of July Rodeo has storied past

Vale residents doff their hats in respect for the flag as the 4th July rodeo gets under way. (Photo from the Library of Congress)

VALE – Vale had been celebrating the Fourth of July for more than a century, before starting up its iconic 4th of July Rodeo in 1914. 

As Vale prepares for this year’s festivities, one way to honor the town’s tradition is to take a look back at what was going on over the 4th in past years. 

A look through archives of the Enterprise as well as a revealing photo gallery from 1941, courtesy of the Library of Congress, provides a historical snapshot of 4th of July festivities in Vale.

The Enterprise began business in 1909, but the earliest reference to the celebration was in an issue dated Saturday . . .