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Independence Day moving forward

By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
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There won’t be any fireworks to cap off the Colfax Independence Day celebration this year, but that isn’t stopping organizers from planning a bang-up event for Sunday, July 3. And, plans are already in place to bring back the fireworks in 2012, according to Laurel Mathe, president of Colfax Pride. “I thought we would be able to have fireworks, but that’s not going to happen,” Mathe said. The board of Colfax Pride, the nonprofit that sponsors the event, voted to proceed with the celebration without fireworks. “Apparently, we need so much security for the crowd, and that wasn’t available for that day,” she said. Two parades are planned for the day: the Little Patriot parade, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, followed by the Lions Club parade at noon. Other activities will include the beer garden and band, sponsored by the Colfax Recreation Commission and the Knights of Columbus, and a smaller venue for vendors, mostly service groups and locals. If enough volunteers step forward to assist, the California Highway Patrol Gold Run Squad Club will be able to put on the Downtown Derby. Mathe said the tab for putting on the Independence Day celebration amounts to about $16,000, which includes $8,000 for fireworks. The Firefighters Association, Mathe said, had already committed to donate $1,000 toward the fireworks, as did the Colfax Lionesses. “They really wanted to have it happen this year,” she said. Additional funding will be raised from the sale of Independence Day souvenir buttons, which this year feature the Quinn family clowns. Susan Maguire, of the Whistle Stop Quilt Shop has created a patriotic quilt and donated it to be used as a raffle prize by Colfax Pride. Sales of buttons and quilt raffle tickets begin this week.