This year's Fortuna Rodeo Parade likely marks the last time that the familiar orange PALCO tractor will be seen pulling the Scotia Band on a lumber trailer. Driver Scott Wagenfuhr deftly piloted the tractor-trailer through town traffic and un-expected obstacles associated with the event. The Pacific Lumber Company has been a mainstay and supporter of the parade for decades, but will soon disappear into the pages of history as a new company emerges from the reorganizational bankruptcy.
The Scotia Band has also been a long-term performer at the Rodeo Parade. The band entertained the throngs lining Main Street and South Fortuna Boulevard last Saturday by playing lively march tunes, while the crowd clapped along to the beat as the truck slowly drove past.
A group of residents interested in having live music available formed the Scotia Band in the Company town of Scotia in 1935. The community band now has members from throughout Humboldt County, and is currently making plans for its 75th Anniversary celebration in 2010.