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Women's Jeans Guide from Smith & Edwards

All About Jeans: Women's Jeans Guide

- posted by EmmaLee Woodland

If you've ever been shopping for women's jeans then you understand exactly how frustrating it can be. Either they fit your waist and hips and you feel like you're going to split the leg seams with every step, or they fit your thighs and hips and gap at the back of the waistband.

There is just no winning, or so it would appear. What you need to do is identify what you like and steer clear of things that don't match up with that.

As discussed in our Men's Jeans Guide, the way your jeans fit is about more than just comfort. It's also about looking good, by finding what is most flattering for your body shape, and feeling better. Hopefully, the three aspects we discuss today, rise, leg opening, and fit, will help you in your quest for the mythical "perfect pair of jeans."

Women's Jeans: RISE

A jean's rise is determined by how far the waistband of the jeans comes up the waist. The greater the distance is between the crotch and the waistband the higher the rise.

Women's jeans rises from highest to lowest.

Jeans rise graphic via Joy of Clothes

Each brand varies from one another, but there are typically three main rises. You can approximate the rise of a jean by measuring from the crotch seam to the top of the front waistband.

Natural-Rise Ladies' Jeans

Natural rise jeans, also called high-rise or performance rise, sit right at the waist. This rise is more than 10 1/2" and help your legs look longer. These women's jeans are perfect for those competing in rodeos, or for hard-working ladies that do a lot of bending in a day. Take a look at the variety of ladies' natural rise jeans, like Wrangler 18MWZ or Cinch Jenna, we have here at Smith & Edwards:

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Mid-Rise Ladies' Jeans

Mid-rise jeans sit just below the waist or about an inch below the navel. This popular rise is neither too tall nor too short, measuring between 9" and 11". Most body types look flattering in this rise!

From Wrangler's Cash and Q-Baby to Cinch Ada, Silver Aiko to Rock Revival, you'll find something you love.

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Low-Rise Ladies' Jeans

Low-rise jeans sit a few inches below the navel. The rise is between 7 - 9-1/2" and are most flattering on slender figures.

Keep in mind that "muffin tops" and "love handles" are often accentuated by this fit style. Check out our Wrangler Sadie  and Cinch Bailey styles, and our selection of Rock Revival jeans.

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You'll find Women's Jeans on our website, and even more styles in our Ogden, Utah store.

Ladies' Jeans: LEG OPENING

In women's jeans, there are so many different leg openings and it can get real confusing.

You may ask quite frequently, "When is the best time to wear ______________ jeans?" This leg opening section of my women's jeans guide should help you out a lot!

Women's Skinny Jeans

Skinny jeans are tight around your calf and are perfect to wear with fashion and western boots, most flats, and heels. They taper from the knee down and have an ultra low profile. This makes them perfect for showing off those red high heels or your favorite western kicks.

Take a look at our Cruel Girl Abby jeans. Cruel Girl and Cinch are sister companies and you can find multiple styles sold right here in our Ogden location.

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Women's Straight-Leg Jeans

Straight leg jeans have the next lowest profile and are extremely versatile. The bottom half of the pant leg goes straight down from the knee, so they are a little looser around your calf than skinny jeans. You'll love these Silver Suki styles and the original Wrangler 14MWZ cowboy cut jeans in white and blue.

Ladies' straight leg jeans tuck into boots fairly well and can be worn with most footwear. If you like the cuffed look, these jeans are perfect for getting an even cuff with no puckering.

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Women's Bootcut Jeans

Bootcut jeans are narrower in the knee than at the leg opening, so you can put the pant-leg over your boots. A lot of your western, riding, or work jeans are boot cut. You can also wear this style with your favorite pair of tennis shoes. They don't cuff as well as your skinny or straight-leg jeans.

Wrangler's Mae, Cash, and Classic Fit jeans are as hardworking and fashion forward as you are. Also check out the different Ariat styles we carry.

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Women's Wide Leg & Flare Leg Jeans

Wide leg and flare leg jeans have a very distinct flare. The hem of the pant-leg is wider than the knee. "Trouser cut" is one specific style of wide leg pants. We know you'll love this Cruel Girl Jayley style with a trouser cut.

Cruel Denim Jayley Wide Leg women's jeans

Women's Jeans: FIT

A jean's fit is determined by how tightly it fits through your waist, hips, and thighs. Fit styles include slim, regular, relaxed, and loose fit.

Depending on the manufacturer of the jeans you're looking at, you may see different terms or style names on the jean fit spectrum. This section will give you a base knowledge, but you'll always want to check with the manufacturer to determine the most likely fit of the jeans you want to buy.

Ladies' Slim Fit Jeans

Slim fit jeans hug your curves tightly and are narrow from the waist through the hips and thighs. Brands such as Rock Revival, Miss Me, and Grace in L.A. tend to have a slimmer fit. Take a look at these and other great brands in slim fit.

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Ladies' Regular Fit Jeans

Regular fit jeans hug your curves but offer a better range of movement than slim fit. They are a little looser between the waist, hips, and thighs. This common fit is flattering and comfortable.

We carry this fit in brands such as Silver, Ariat, and Wrangler styles 09MWZ, WRC10, and WRQ20.

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Ladies' Relaxed Fit Jeans

Relaxed fit jeans fit loosely through the waist, hip, and thigh. They are more comfortable than other fits because of the extra room and freedom of movement.

Cinch's Ada and Bailey styles are the perfect jeans for that girl who needs to move! We also have a variety of Wranglers and other brands with this same great fit.

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Ladies' Loose Fit Jeans

Loose fit jeans have even more room through the hip and thigh. This fit is baggy through the waist, hip and thigh. They allow for better movement and added comfort. Many of your boyfriend-style jeans would be considered loose-fit jeans.

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Tips for Caring for your New Jeans

Now that we have gone over all of the basics about a jean's fit then you can be set free, right? Unfortunately, it's not quite that easy. There are just a few final things to keep in mind when buying and caring for jeans.

First, just find what you are comfortable in. The next time you go shopping, take your favorite pair of jeans with you. This will help you find jeans similar in size, style, fit, and color to aid you in your shopping experience.

Next, learn how to care for your jeans. To ensure that jeans will fit the same way every time you wear them you need to wash them in cold water and avoid the dryer. Hot water and heated drying will cause your jeans to shrink and your jeans will be unable to recover.

One last thing to keep in mind is getting your jeans starched at the dry cleaner's every once in a while. This will keep your jeans feeling and looking like new. It also helps to prolong the life of your jeans.

Give us a Call or Come on Over!

Whether you're heading to the rodeo, out for a night on the town with your closest girlfriends, or just looking for more everyday outfits, we are happy to help. Come in and see how we can help you today in Smith & Edwards' Clothing department.

The women of Smith & Edwards' clothing department are happy to help you!

We've got tons of experience and a great crew of ladies here that know our jeans in and out and will help you find something that looks good. They are eager to offer advice while you shop and help you look your best.

We'll help you find the perfect pair of jeans for your shape and style. You'll get the best individual attention that you need to look good and feel great. Plus, we love to help you find matching shirts and blouses for the perfect outfit!

Bring New Life to these Antique Glass Insulators!

- posted by Rose Marion

While cleaning up the famous Smith & Edwards surplus yard this year (our first "spring cleaning" in several decades...!) - we found these AWESOME antique glass insulators.

Antique Glass Insulators

Crate full of antique glass insulators
While you used to see these insulators on poles across the country, you're much more likely to find them in museums or collector's stashes nowadays.
Army surplus and antique glass insulators
We have mostly the beautiful clear glass insulators in stock, as well as some beautiful tea-colored glass. The striking blue color of insulators are rarer - I wish we had them, too!

The History behind them

Glass insulators on old post - Rose Marion
How did they come to be? They used to be found along power lines & telephone poles during World War II. These beautiful glass insulators screwed onto white oak pins to fasten the cables. This system didn't use any metal that was so desperately needed for the war effort.

What you can make with them

Now you can make these fun insulators into bird feeders, candle holders, coat racks, & so much more. Come to Smith & Edwards on exit 351 off I-15 in Farr West, Utah, and see what other treasures you can find! You can also get these insulators shipped to you by exploring glass & ceramic insulators on our website.

 

Getting hiking gear for Utah Trails at Smith & Edwards

We're getting Cabin Fever... are you?

- posted by Rose Marion

When I'm not at Smith & Edwards, taking photos is a huge hobby of mine.

I've been in Utah for 6 years, and while I've loved wandering backroads for barn photos and along the river parkways for macros and mushrooms, I've never ventured up the trails for some stunning shots.

Til now!

I've got Cabin Fever and I bet you do, too. Come explore the hikes & trails of Weber county with me! Mike Vause has picked out some gear for me, and I want to see if you can keep up!


I'm wearing the Columbia Switchback II Jacket (in "rose" color), Columbia gray Anytime Outdoor Long shorts, and Merrell waterproof high top hiking boots. In-store, I'm wearing Ariat Real Riding Eclipse jeans. Yep, I got all that gear at Smith & Edwards!

Visit Camping & Hiking to get the best gear.
Check out our Camping and Hiking gear - click here!

And check out the boots department for Merrell, Hi-Tec, and Under Armour hiking boots and trail running shoes.

You'll find even more gear in-store at Smith & Edwards, off exit 351 just north of Ogden. Have fun out there!

Shop the Cabin Fever Sale!

Smith & Edwards' 2016 Cabin Fever Sale
Smith & Edwards' 2016 Cabin Fever Sale
Smith & Edwards' 2016 Cabin Fever Sale
Smith & Edwards' 2016 Cabin Fever Sale

Calling Elk with Sage Game Calls

Call out the BIG one with Sage Game Calls!

- posted by Rose Marion

Coby Moulton with Sage Game Calls took some time to show us the range of elk calls he makes.

These reeds are exactly what you need to practice, learn, and hopefully bring home that big bull elk!

Coby makes his calls with strategy in mind: Small Bull, Medium Bull, Big Bull, and of course the Cow in pink (so you don't get mixed up in the field!). Just watch him give us an elk calling sample!

At these prices, you can get the whole elk family and practice til you drive your wife crazy get it perfect!

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What's the strategy? Well, the best way to learn is to go out with someone who knows the tricks and learn from them. But here's one strategy. Use the small bull call, and a couple cow calls, to make the sound of a small herd. With any luck, the BIG elk in the field hears it, comes your way to take some of "your" cows, and you come home with some nice antlers and a freezer chest of elk.

Coby's a true sportsman, having hunted in Oregon, Idaho, Utah - and with happy customers sending him pictures on Facebook all the time, he must know what he's doing!

You can find Coby's game calls at SmithandEdwards.com here in the Big Game Calls section, and also in-store at Smith & Edwards, off exit 351 in Ogden, Utah. Come out & give them a try on your elk hunt!

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Can SureCan...? This gas can sure can!

- posted by Jerica Keyes

Now, I know what you’re thinking… another gas can?? Yes!

SureCan is a new and renovated gas can that is becoming popular in various local businesses, including here at Smith and Edwards. The SureCan is made in the USA and the company is local here in Ogden, Utah. The Standard Examiner just recently featured Brad Ouderkirk, owner of the SureCan, in an article as well. Click here to see the article.

You can win your own SureCan gas can this week! Scroll down to enter to win.

Watch the SureCan in Action


We know and understand the typical issues with gas cans... they tip over and spill gas all over, they are hard to aim when pouring into your machine, and they can leak. The frustration is discouraging and totally not worth it.

That is why I wanted to tell you about this awesome, brand new product we are carrying! The SureCan gas can is guaranteed no spill, no leak, and gas-free hands after using it. But what makes it different from other gas cans? I asked Randy, our Lawn and Garden department manager, exactly what makes it unique.

"The features speak for themselves," Randy told me as he showed me the flexible, rotating nozzle and the thumb-release trigger. No more messy tipping and aiming! After using this can, we have had people tell us just how easy it is to use.

"Lifting a 5 gallon gas can and tipping is not easy," Randy says. But this new, renovated gas can solves that problem. So yes... SureCan sure can!

SureCan: Feed Your Machines

Get it now!

SureCan 5 gallon gas can
Click to get your 5 gallon SureCan!
SureCan 2.2 gallon gas can
Click to get your 2.2 gallon SureCan!

 

Also available in store at Smith and Edwards! Exit 351 off I-15 in Ogden, Uah - Find it in the Lawn and Garden department in the front of the store.

Emission Control Information:

This container complies with U.S. EPA emission regulations for portable fuel containers (40 CFR Part 59). The emissions warranty is valid for a minimum of one year from date of purchase.

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Smith & Edwards reviews Sitka Gear for Archery

Putting Sitka Gear to the Test in the Field

- posted by Curtis Carter

Three days into the archery hunt and yet to bag a buck.

We decided to go on an evening spot and stalk, we had spent all summer getting ready, spotting and investing money into gear. Now we have heard of the Sitka gear working really well. But we have never actually really put it to the test.

Now back to the Monday evening hunt, we were up on this peak spotting and almost immediately we spotted this pretty good size two point about two hundred yards out. So we decided to put a stalk on it.

Sitka CamoBecause Tyson was all decked out in his Sitka system, he was making his way off the peak towards this buck. I stayed on this peak to keep a sight on the buck and on Tyson, to try and direct him.

As the buck was feeding he was moving farther away and uphill. The brush was little cover where Tyson was at and it was super steep. As the buck was feeding it wandered behind some brush causing me to reposition.

As I did I got set back up, sitting there wondering where in the world Tyson was. As I was sitting there trying to find him, he sent me a text saying "I'm on my way back don't want to go after him." It was only when he turned to head back, I saw the fletchings on his arrows. Tyson was only less than one hundred yards away and I could not find him.

Tyson in Sitka gear - photo by Curtis Carter

Proving to us that this Sitka gear works!!

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Click here for Sitka products at Smith & Edwards, and click here for ALL Camo for guys, ladies, and youth.

Click to shop hunting camo & blaze orange at Smith & Edwards!Want more hunting stories like this? Have a story of your own to share? Leave a comment below.

Smith And Edwards Visits Tony Lama

- posted by Regan Taylor

This July, our President of Smith and Edwards, Craig Smith, and our boot department manager, Evan Gibson, were invited on a trip to El Paso, Texas to visit the Tony Lama factory.

The above video is of a man nailing and pegging the shank of a boot. Notice where he's pulling the nails out of; HIS MOUTH! Who would of thought someone could make handling a mouth-full of nails look so easy.

Look at all those boots!

Look at all those boots!

Craig and Evan learned quite a bit about the process it takes to make these boots while visiting the factory. Did you know that it takes about 136 steps and 100 people just to finish one pair of Tony Lama's? That's way more than I could have ever imagined!

That's one LONG snake!

That's one LONG snake!

Tony Lama has a section for their "exotic leather's" they use which have snake, lizard, alligator and even ostrich skins. You can see the snake skins hanging here along their fixtures.

Each person at the factory has their own job and task that must be done quickly AND efficiently in order for the boots to be finished on time and uphold quality standards. Evan and Craig both noticed how the Tony Lama workers all act in sync as a team to get the job done right. It was clear that all these workers took pride in their work AND enjoyed what they were doing.

Get Your Tony Lama's This Weekend And Get A Little Something Extra For Free!

August 20th-23rd only! This weekend, if you buy any Tony Lama or Justin boots on SmithandEdwards.com, you will get a Smith and Edwards Snuffy & Guffy boot jack for free! ($9.50 value!)

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What's a Boot Jack?

What You Didn't Know About 4-H

- posted by Regan Taylor

When you think "Weber County 4-H," what comes to mind? If you're anything like me, you probably only picture lamb and other livestock showing and competitions.

Well, you aren't completely wrong. The livestock and horse programs are a big chunk of what 4-H has to offer - Click here to read about showing livestock with 4-H!

BUT, what you more than likely didn't know is that 4-H has SO many more amazing programs!

Variety of Programs in 4-H

Do you and your child love to cook? Try the food preparation and preservation project. Interested in learning more about photography? Gardening? Rocketry? Sewing? The list of what kinds of groups Weber County 4-H has to offer goes on and on. The best part is that it's for youth in 3rd-12th grade and their friends or families. It's an awesome way for youth to learn helpful life long skills and to get involved with others in their community.

4-H Reaches Far Across Communities

4-H is in all 50 states - plus over 50 other countries! Why? The success it has in each community of course! It's all about empowering youth to reach their full potential and encouraging them to broaden their experiences and knowledge through activities that peek their interest.

Clubs and programs are added based on the communities interest and demand - so if you have an idea and it's not already a club or program yet, it very well could be in the future!

Types of Clubs

So what existing clubs are there? Well, as I said, the list goes on and on. But here are a few that caught my attention:

  • Crime and Spy Science Clubs: Investigate and analyze using spy kits, messages, fingerprints and DNA.
  • Paper Crafts Clubs: Learn all about scrapbooks, cards, journals, origami, grow cards, and paper mache.
  • Shooting Sports: This is a recently added club! Learn about equipment, trap shooting, archery, how to use a shotgun AND a handgun.

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  • Cake Decorating Clubs: Teaches you how to create and bake a beautiful cake; from frosting, decorating, and the proper display of the cake. (Fun!)
  • Fitness and Healthy Snack Clubs: The importance of fitness and it's effect it has on your health should be taught as early as possible. This class teaches you about cardio, balance, strength, measuring food intake as well as choosing the right foods and setting goals through healthy living activities.
  • Theater Arts: With this club you or your child will be able to use their imagination, body and voice to express their character. This club covers everything from dynamics to acting styles, and even auditions!
  • Horse Program: It doesn't matter if you have access to a horse or not, if you're interested in learning the science of equine care and management, this is the program for you! Activities can include anything from educational (and fun!) club meetings to trail rides, horse shows and service projects.

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  • Robotics Clubs: Do you love to take things apart and put them back together to see how they work? From what makes robots move to how they turn, this class shows you how to do just that; learn the basics of the world of robotics. Maybe even build one yourself!
  • Sewing: Let your future tailor shine through with this fun class that teaches you how to choose the right sewing tools and even how to use a sewing machine. Make a pillowcase, a skirt or pair of shorts, or even a doll skirt.
  • Craft Beading Club: Bubble beads, wooden beads, bedazzling.... oh my! The possibilities of what you'll be able to make are endless!
  • Dog Clubs: Why pay for a trainer to get your rowdy puppy in check when you can learn how to yourself?! This club covers barking basics, "sit and stay", "get down" and "figure 8" commands.
  • Photography: From composition, shooting and editing, you'll be taking beautiful pictures that tell a story.
  • Spa and Relaxation Clubs: Body butter, zen garden, lip balm, foot scrub, candles and yoga; all the relaxing ingredients you need to create a perfect spa oasis!
Alicia Teuscher with USU Extension - Weber County 4-H

Alicia Teuscher with USU Extension - Weber County 4-H

"I would like parents and youth to know 4-H has something to offer EVERYONE!  Farm or urban environment, 4-H has a project that will interest you and will encourage personal development.  Some of our project areas include beekeeping, livestock, art projects, knitting, public speaking, record keeping, fashion and talent shows, livestock and horse judging teams…the list goes on and on!" - Alicia Teuscher, 4-H Educator with Weber County Extension Office

To get a full list of what Utah 4-H currently has to offer you or your family, please click here.

Let's all Learn, Grow and Build Together as a Community!

With all of these amazing "hands-on" clubs, there's no way you won't be able to find something that fits you or your child's personality! It's all about finding what you're good at, what you love doing, or what you want to learn how to do; and then taking that skill to the next level with a productive "learning by doing" approach.

4-H allows for individuality and personal success. It teaches leadership skills, the importance of citizenship and giving back to your community.

To become a member, leader or volunteer for Utah 4-H please contact the Weber County Extension office at 801-399-8209 (or your county's extension office).

You can also visit their website at utah4h.org

Is your son or daughter in 4-H, or did you participate growing up? Leave a comment telling us what club you were a part of and why you loved about participating in 4-H!

 

Thanks for helping us help Primary Children's!

Thanks for helping us help Primary Children's!

- posted by Rose Marion

Since Jim Smith started this program at Smith & Edwards in 1996, each year starting around Thanksgiving, Smith & Edwards asks every customer if they'd donate to Primary Children's Medical Center -- our local children's hospital in Salt Lake City and part of the Children's Miracle Network.

Every one of our cashiers has a personal story they can tell of a customer who gave greatly to this important center.

And your donations have a HUGE impact on children & their parents as they go through a difficult time in their lives. Children like Parker - an All-Star! (Read more about Parker here!)

Not only do your donations benefit Primary Children's - they inspire others. As a Utah Ace Hardware member, we have the opportunity to serve dinner to families whose children are in treatment at Primary Children's.

Our team was set to take dinner from Bella's down to the parents at the hospital one night - but when we went to pay, Bella's Fresh Mexican Grill offered to donate the meal.

Serving Primary Children's really is an opportunity for us as a store to give to those in need - and it started with one man's inspiration.

"If you're not helping the kids, you're not doing what you should be doing. " - Jim Smith.

Last year alone, Smith & Edwards raised $33,089 for Primary Children's. Your donations really add up!
Receiving artwork from Primary Children's in 2015

Primary Children's Painting by Robyn Braeken

We were honored to accept this painting by Robyn Braeken, age 6, who benefited from care at Primary Children's Hospital. What amazing talent Robyn has! The painting is Mommy Kitty, Baby Kitty.

Jim Smith, president of Smith & Edwards from the 1960s to the 2010s, knew the importance of supporting our local children in need. The Smith family has benefited from the skilled medical care available at Primary Children's, as have many of the families of employees here at the store.

Jim also made it his mission to support the community's contribution: to this day, for each dollar you donate to Primary Children's at Smith & Edwards, the Smith Family matches that donation.

Since the program started in 1996, Smith & Edwards has sent over $490,000 to Primary Children's - nearly half a million dollars. This entire donation benefits the kids: none of it is sent to administrative expenses!

"As long as the Smith family's involved with the store, Primary Children's will be a priority for us." - Misti Smith Kosoff

We are able to continue donating to Primary Children's through our partnership with Ace Hardware. In July 2015, representatives from Ace Hardware and Children's Miracle Network came to congratulate our cashiers - and we received a trophy marking Smith & Edwards the Western Region Champion store affiliated with the Ace Foundation.
Ace representatives and Smith & Edwards staff with the Ace Foundation trophy

We couldn't help Primary Children's without your help. So thank you for your donations, and when you come in to Smith & Edwards during the Christmas season, please say YES when you're asked to donate. Your donation makes a BIG difference!

The Tradition of Ogden Pioneer Days

- posted by Regan Taylor

Utah's founding is a story of 148 pioneers trekking over 1,000 miles across the country and finally arriving to the Salt Lake Valley on July 24th, 1847. By 1869, some 70,000 or so more pioneers made this long, strenuous trip to our beautiful state of Utah.

In the summer of 1934, Mayor Harmon W. Peery started what's known as "Ogden Pioneer Days". This was how he wanted to celebrate and remember Utah's pioneer ancestors and heritage.

The Ogden Pioneer Days has definitely been a tradition that has stuck; every year, the Ogden Pioneer Stadium puts on a rodeo and other special events, such as a parade and western festival, that attracts many people. Today, it's known to be among the top 5 best large outdoor rodeos by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association (PRCA).

Jim Smith And The Ogden Pioneer Days

Jim Smith, son of Smith and Edwards Bert Smith, was President of Smith and Edwards since the 60's, and an ardent supporter of the rodeo lifestyle. To understand Jim and Paula Smith's total involvement with the Ogden Pioneer Days tradition, I talked with Jim's close friend and Executive Administrator of Ogden Pioneer Days, Jackie Belnap.

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Jim Smith

Jackie recalled Jim becoming a part of the Ogden Pioneer Day's Heritage Foundation Board some 10 or so years ago. But she says his active involvement really had been going on for somewhere between 35-45 years before. He was there to sponsor or support in ANY way he could.

Jackie said it was almost like every time the board thought to ask the Smith family for help, that they had already had it in their minds to help anyway. In other words, he didn't have to be asked; Jim jumped in with both feet because of the passion he had for the Ogden Pioneer Days and community. And Paula was always right there with him, supporting in anyway she could too.

One moment that stood out to Jackie was when Ogden Pioneer Days had their volunteer appreciation party. Jackie had asked if Jim would be willing to give out a couple free gifts to some of these volunteers for their involvement and help with the Ogden Pioneer Days activities. Expecting just a couple free gifts, like they had agreed to, Jackie was stunned when she came to Smith and Edwards to pick them up. Jim had filled up an entire pick-up truck full of gifts for these volunteers who had taken time out of their day to help out. All 300 volunteers received a gift that night.

Of course, he did more than just support financially. Jim did all he could because he truly cared about all these people and what the Ogden Pioneer Days stands for. Jackie told me: "We would sometimes refer to him as our water boy. He was always making sure the cowboys had their cold water ready and that the coolers were always filled. There was literally no end to his support."
Paula and Tenlee Smith

"Dad and Mom enjoy rodeo and the lifestyle. Dad competed in rodeo when he was younger and they raised all of us kids to love it too. Dad enjoyed his involvement with Ogden Pioneer Days. One of his main concerns was making sure the needs of the contestants were met. Mom has also helped out by volunteering in the contestant hospitality tent. She has always been everyone's mom. This time of year the rodeo athletes spend a lot of time on the road. Its nice for them to feel like they have a place where they can refuel and recharge.

Dad always believed fully in giving back to the community and service. The Ogden Pioneer Heritage Foundation is one of the many boards he served on. He always felt like the store (Smith and Edwards) was blessed and that we are lucky to have the success that we do. It was his way of giving back. They are a great example of service before self." -Misti Kosoff, daughter of Jim and Paula Smith

Jim Smith passed away in March, 2013.  But his presence and support for our community is still deeply rooted. After he passed, the Jim Smith Memorial Scholarship was created. This is a $1,000 scholarship for high school seniors involved with rodeo, 4-H or FFA. All around Ogden at special rodeo events or fairs, you're more than likely going to see a Smith and Edwards sponsor sign.

There was no limit to how much support Jim and Paula had for our community. This year, Jim and Paula Smith are being honored as Grand Marshalls for the Ogden Pioneer Days 2015 celebration. To learn more click here.

Grand Marshalls of 2015 Horse n Hitch Parade

Paula and the Smith family ride as Grand Marshalls in the Horse N Hitch parade on Washington

If you've thought about going but have never lived the crazy fun of the Ogden Pioneer Days, I highly recommend you try it this year. The events have been going on for about a week or so,  but there's still time to get in on all the action!

Events You Don't Want To Miss

July 19th, at Ogden Pioneer Stadium at 8 a.m.:

  • Slack Breakfast and Timed Slack Event.

July 20th at Golden Spike Arena at 2 p.m.:

  • Miss Rodeo Utah Horsemanship Competition: Come out and support your favorite rodeo gal!

July 20th, at Ogden Pioneer Stadium at 6:30:

  • Pre-Rodeo and PRCA Rodeo: "Standard Examiner Family Night".

July 21st, at Ogden Pioneer Stadium at 6:30:

  • Pre-Rodeo and PRCA Rodeo: "Patriot Night".

July 22nd, at Ogden Pioneer Stadium at 6:30:

  • Pre-Rodeo and PRCA Rodeo: "National Day of American Cowboy" theme.

July 23rd, at Ogden Pioneer Stadium at 6:30:

  • Pre-Rodeo and PRCA Rodeo: "Tough enough to wear pink" night. Come at 6 p.m. to check out the Miss Rodeo Utah Freestyle Horsemanship Competition.

July 24th, THE BIG DAY!!

  • 9 a.m. on Washington Boulevard: Kick off the 24th of July with a Parade down the streets of Ogden. 20th street to 30th street.
  • 6 p.m.: Pre-Rodeo
  • 7:30 p.m.: PRCA Rodeo
  • 8:30 p.m.: Coronation of 2015 Miss Rodeo Utah
  • After the Miss Rodeo Utah is crowned, don't forget to stay and watch the display of fireworks.

Pre-Rodeo Events Include:

  • Mutton Bustin'
  • Junior Posse Jamboree
  • Wild Cow Milking
  • Musical Chairs
  • Hide Racing

To get more details on registration and each event, visit the Ogden Pioneer Days website by clicking here.

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