Patriotic spirit shines for Independence Day

Colfax rings in Independence Day
By: Photos Katie Sanders, Special to the Colfax Record
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After a year?s absence, fireworks returned to the Colfax skyline to observe the nation?s birthday with a bang. Colfax Pride Inc. sponsored the July celebration with the help of other community organizations, businesses and individuals. The California Highway Patrol led the Colfax Lions Club Parade down Grass Valley Street on July 3. With the holiday falling in the middle of the week, the start time was moved from the traditional noon to 6 p.m. to accommodate those who were working during the day. Colfax native Mike Maynard was Grand Marshal of the Colfax Lions Club Parade. After serving as the Lions parade chairman for several years, Maynard took the year off and was honored as the grand marshal in recognition of his community service. Maynard is a retired Placer County sheriff?s deputy and active member of the community. Fourteen-year-old Shie Yates, of Auburn, sang the ?Star Spangled Banner? for the third year in a row. Isaiah Blackmum pulled family members in a trailer with his 1987 Farmall International tractor in the Lions parade and won first place. Second place went to the Quinn Family Klowns, who have participated in the Colfax parade since 1962 and who come from as far away as Oregon and Washington state . Parade stalwart Don Dougherty took third place for his 1913 International Harvester truck with Ken Newman ? great-grandson of the truck?s original owner ? as a passenger. - Martha Garcia and Katie Sanders