By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
LYMAN — Lexi Walker, who has received national and international acclaim, has been tapped as the grand marshal for this year’s Pioneer Days rodeos.
Walker hails from Sandy, Utah, but traces her heritage to Bridger Valley. Gilbert Walker is her grandfather and Vernon Walker is her great-grandfather.
By selecting Walker, Joe Hickey, rodeo committee chairman, said Tuesday, the selection is in keeping with this year’s theme, “Youth, America’s Future.”
The Pioneer Days rodeos are held in the Lyman arena on the south end of town.
Pioneer Day’s and the rodeo have always celebrated the area’s pioneers and influence on the Valley, Hickey said. This year the spotlight is on the youth, the future of the Valley and “the pioneers of the future,” he added.
Also at the rodeos, the committee will highlight the positive aspects of today’s youth and their contributions to today’s society, Hickey said.
Walker, an 11-year-old girl with a big voice, will lend her voice to the singing of the National Anthem at the rodeos, according to Hickey.
Walker will also perform at the LHS Performing Arts Center on July 26, at 3 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the door and given to Local-for-Locals and BVEA Operation RoundUp to help Ella Kissling, the 6-year old daughter of Kody and Sarah Kissling, who is fighting kidney cancer.
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