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Colfax celebrates centennial in style

By: Gloria Beverage
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By Gloria Beverage Colfax Record Editor More than 2,000 people showed up for Colfax’s 100th birthday party last weekend. “It was nice to see all the organizations work together,” said Colfax Area Chamber of Commerce President Connie Heilaman. She acknowledged the Sierra Vista Community Center volunteers, who hosted the Centennial dinner on Saturday evening. “It went very well,” she said. “We served 125 people and they seemed very happy with the meal. And thanks to Fox Barrel Cider Co. for hosting the bar.” The dinner, prepared under the direction of head chef Mary Walker, featured foods that would have been served in 1910. She went on to acknowledge members of the Colfax Area Historical Society, who baked and served hundreds of cupcakes to visitors on both days of the festival. Finally, she praised the Victorian fashion show and Genteel Disrobe, which was hosted by the Colfax Friends of the Library on Saturday evening. A number of local women, including library staff and volunteers as well as members of Soroptimist International, participated in the fashion show. And Saturday’s quilt show was outstanding. Suzanne Maguire, owner of Whistle Stop Quilt and Sew, indicated this year’s 34 entries were displayed along Main Street. At least one-half of the entries were from quilters who had not participated in past years. “We had a good selection of mini-quilts, a couple of first quilts and some appliquéd and embroidered quilts,” said Maguire. Overall, Heilaman believes the festival was successful in bringing people into town. “We did get a lot of people from out of town,” she said. “People came in who hadn’t been here before and were surprised to find out what we have. It really helped our businesses. Even if they didn’t shop, people got to know the businesses and will come back.” Although Sunday’s attendance was smaller, Heilaman said that many folks attended both days. Many came back to let their kids ride the motorcars, check out the caboose or visit the Heritage Museum in the Railroad Depot. “It was exciting to see the kids learning about our history,” she said. Bookmarks celebrating the city’s centennial can be picked up at the Chamber’s Visitors Center, she continued. “They’re a gift to the community from the chamber,” she said. While Heilaman is pleased with the event, she is asking for volunteers to step forward and help plan next year’s festival. “We’re looking for new volunteers to take over,” she said. “We would like fresh ideas and ways to improve it.” For more pictures of Railroad Days, check out the photo gallery.