by Nathan Warner
This year, Julie and Shorty Dorweiller will be the grand marshals of the parade, bringing home to Zimmerman more of the great tradition that defines the spectacle. Julie and Shorty have a long history of announcing for rodeos and parades.
Together, they started the Hamel Rodeo Committee 31 years ago and still sit on it today.
Shorty is a former rodeo contestant and currently the CEO of Farmers State Bank of Hamel. He has judged many of the area’s rodeos.
Julie is retired from the U.S. Department of Commerce working in the Federal Highway Administration and currently raises and trains mules in Zimmerman at Long Ears Ranch. Like his brother, Julie is a former rodeo contestant and announcer.
“Julie and Shorty are a great bunch for marshaling this parade,” Karen Glunz vice president of the Zimmerman Civics Club says. “We couldn’t have gotten anyone better.”
There is no cost to enter the parade that features politicians, law enforecment and rescue responders, floats, antique cars, bands, businesses and more.
Each year, thousands of people attend the parade
The Wild West Days Parade starts on Saturday, May 28 at noon.
Entry forms are available online at www.gowildwestdays.com or from Glunz at the pull-tab booth in Zimmerman Bowl.