For 40 years of service to the City of Rigby, though both volunteering and for running Abbott’s Variety Store, the Rigby Parks and Rodeo Committee has selected the Abbott family to serve as this year’s Grand Marshals.
In an interview with Steve Abbott, he said that he was honored by the selection.
“We’re really honored. Rigby’s been really good to us,” he said.
Abbott’s closed its doors at the end of April after 40 years. Steve, who also serves on the Rigby Urban Renewal Agency, said that his family and his father Dean would also be involved in the Grand Marshal festivities, including a float on the Stampede Days Parade.
He said that he has always looked up to the Grand Marshals in the past.
“They are the people that I have always admired. I don’t think we’re in the same boat as they are,” he said.
Steve said that he knows his father loves Rigby, and that his family has watched Rigby change and grow.
“I’ve seen it go through a lot of changes through the years, but it still has the hometown feeling the small town feeling,” he said.
Rigby Parks and Rodeo Director Steve Cook said that the board unanimously voted for the Abbott family to be Grand Marshals because of their long record of community service.
“He’s been such a community-service-minded person,” he said.
Cook said that not just the Abbott’s store, but also Steve Abbott’s service on the Rigby Urban Renewal Agency, was a key factor. During Abbott’s tenure on the Urban Renewal, major upgrades were made to the grandstands and also to the parking area around the Rodeo Grounds.
“I don’t think he’s ever given a negative vote (for projects at the rodeo grounds),” Cook said.
The Abbott family is invited to be in this year’s Stampede Days Parade, as well as being honored at the rodeo with a grand entrance.