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Weather dampens Winterfest plans

Parade canceled; Soup Kitchen, Santa's visit still on
By: Gloria Beverage, Colfax Record Editor
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Winter storms, an accident and illnesses have taken their toll on Colfax’s holiday celebration.
Ken Delfino, president of Colfax Pride, announced Tuesday that Saturday night’s Winterfest has been cancelled.
While the parade and street fair will not be held, two other holiday events will continue as planned.
Colfax Pride volunteers have been planning the festival since October, Delfino continued.
“Everything was set -- plenty of vendors coming up to participate, music lined up,” he said.
However, weather forecasts show heavy storms hitting the area on Friday evening and continuing through Wednesday noon.
“Normally a bit of rain will not stop hardy Colfaxians and other mountaineers from taking on Mother Nature,” he continued. “However, several of the organizers have taken ill or are just recovering from bronchitis, laryngitis and colds. Unchangeable work schedules have taken three more out of the mix and a serious auto accident has taken out another.”
With everyone’s health and comfort in mind, the organizers opted on Tuesday to call the event off.
“Food vendors have been notified so they will not be stuck with unsellable products,” he said.
Colfax Lions Club parade chairman Mike Maynard was saddened by the decision.
He was expecting a sizeable parade, including an appearance by the Lyman Gilmore Marching Band from Grass Valley.
“But I don’t think they want their kids marching in the rain,” Maynard added.
“On behalf of the officers and directors of Colfax Pride, Inc., I again regret that we have to cancel,” Delfino said.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will still be guests of the Colfax Friends of the Library, reported Sharon Gieras, a member of the board of directors.
The Jolly Old Elf and his wife as well as a couple of their elves will be available to talk with youngsters from 2 to 6:45 p.m. in their “house” at Roy Toms Plaza at the corner of Main and Grass Valley Streets.
Photographers will be available to take pictures for a $5 donation to the Friends. Proceeds are used to purchase new books for the library collection as well as fund the summer program.
The 22nd annual Old-fashioned Soup Kitchen, hosted by Soroptimist International of Colfax, will be open from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Sierra Vista Center, 55 School Street.
“We are doing what we do best, in the form of ‘service,’” said President Janis Quinn. “Our show must go on! Fortunately we don’t have the same environmental concerns as outdoor events, and we welcome everyone to come and enjoy the soups that we’ve become famous for.”
Members will be cooking and serving homemade soups, including clam chowder as well as garlic bread.
Members of Colfax High School’s S Club will be selling baked goods.
Tickets to win one of several baskets filled with gourmet foods and ornaments will be on sale throughout the evening.
Tickets purchased at the door are $8 for adults and $6 for children, ages 6 to 17. There is no charge for children, age 5 and under.
Advance tickets, at $7 and $5, can be purchased by Friday from Soroptimist members or at the Colfax Record office, 233 So. Auburn St.
Proceeds from the Soup Kitchen are used for community service projects, including scholarships.
“We wish everyone in the Colfax Pride organization well, we support their decision and our hearts go out to them right now. In the spirit of the holiday season please come and partake in the 22nd Annual Soup Kitchen,” Quinn added.
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Old-fashioned Soup Kitchen
Who:
Hosted by Soroptimist International of Colfax
When: 4:30 to 7 p.m., Saturday
Where: Sierra Vista Center, 55 School St.
Cost: Tickets at door are $7 for adults and $5 for youth