Fourth of July fun in Auburn "a little slice of Americana"

Options for celebrating abound
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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As the good times roll and fireworks dazzle, Auburn-area residents don?t have to go far to celebrate the Fourth of July. For those looking to beat the traffic and save on gas, local community service groups have joined together to create a special menu of family friendly events right in town. In Old Town Auburn, a pancake breakfast benefitting the Auburn Fire Department starts at 7 a.m. and continues until 10 a.m. Old-fashioned games kick-off in Old Town from 9 a.m. to noon. Foot races, gunny sack races and a watermelon contest are among the annual favorites. Linda Robinson, president of the Old Town Business Association and owner of Sun River Clothing, said one event in particular is at the top of her list ? watching kids climb their way to big bucks. ?It is literally a Crisco greased pole and there somehow appears a bunch of money on the top. I think last year there was over $100,? Robinson said. ?I like the whole thing because it kind of kicks off the Fourth of July day early in the morning here and we see a lot of young families with their kids.? Peter Vanbeckum, an Auburn resident who has been organizing the event for the past six years, said it pays homage to a simpler time in American history. ?The whole point of the Old Town celebration is it?s low-tech,? Vanbeckum said. ?It?s kind of Americana and it?s fun.? Subhead: Independence Day celebrations begin in afternoon at the Gold Country Fairgrounds This year, those who want to enjoy the great outdoors and those who want to beat the heat will find something to enjoy at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce?s Auburn Family 4th Event. Along with three live bands, a DJ, games, several local food vendors and color guard presentations from the local police and fire departments, Bingo will be held in the Sierra Room ? a first at the celebration. Richard Hall, president of the chamber and chairperson for the event, said he is looking forward to the celebration because the Fourth of July is his favorite holiday. ?It?s a great way to spend the day,? Hall said. ?Lots of things to keep everybody busy.? Just after 5 p.m. there will be a special Community Service Awards Ceremony hosted by McCann Award Winner and Grand Marshall of Auburn Family Fourth Parade, Angela Atteberry. Eleven awards will be presented. After performances by Anna Lisa Poganski, Rollin? Hazzard Band and Fox Trot Mary, a parade hosted by the Auburn Lions Club will begin at 7 p.m. Shaded areas at the fairgrounds will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. After the parade, the Ophir Prison Marching Band and Fox Trot Mary will finish out the musical entertainment for the evening. The Auburn Interfaith Food Closet is also hosting a raffle and will award winners gift certificates donated by local businesses. Tickets will be available at the food closet?s table, located in the Gold Country Court. The grand finale- the fireworks show will begin at 9:40 p.m. KAHI radio station, AM 950, will be playing patriotic music, which can also be accessed via Smartphones through their app. Jack Moore, member of the Auburn Lions Club and chairperson for the parade, said all of the celebrations are a chance to honor America. ?I like it because it?s a good all-American community event. It?s totally a family get-together day in which we enjoy our liberty,? Moore said. ?It represents everything about America. It?s a wholesome event. When we do it in Auburn, it?s a little slice of Americana.? Reach Sara Seyydin at, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News. _______________________________________________________? Pancake Breakfast benefitting Auburn Hook and Ladder and Fire Department When: 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., July 4 Where: Old Town Auburn, Bootlegger?s Parking Lot Cost: $6 a breakfast Event details: Enjoy eggs, bacon, juice and more, with proceeds from the event going toward the purchase of fire prevention materials. ? Old Town Auburn Fourth of July Celebration When: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., July 4 Where: Old Town Auburn Cost: Free to the public Event details: Enjoy a ?low-tech? Fourth of July celebration with old-fashioned games for kids, prizes and more. ? Auburn Family 4th When: 3 p.m., July 4 Where: Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn Cost: Entry is free, food and other vendors will have items for sale Event Details: From concerts, to bingo, games and more, this event sponsored by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and local businesses will culminate in fireworks at 9:40 p.m. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. and enters the fairgrounds at 7:20 p.m. It will begin in the Gold Country Fairgrounds, proceed down High Street to Lincoln Way and end at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. Bingo registration begins at 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit Where can you see fireworks in Auburn? When: 9:40 p.m. Where: Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High St., Auburn Cost: Free Celebrate in Colfax on July 3 ?Colfax Independence Day Event When: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., July 3 Where: Downtown Colfax Cost: Entry is free, food and other vendors will have items for sale Event details: Colfax is hosting its annual old-fashioned Independence Day, complete with fireworks, parades, food, doxie races, a performance by The Chris Gardner Band at 5 p.m. and beer and sponsored by Colfax Pride, Inc. The parade starts at 6 p.m. near St. Dominic?s Catholic Church at Oak Street and South Auburn. Harpist Christine Bonner will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. On July 4, the Colfax Firehouse Pancake Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. at the fire station on Church Street. Looking for festivities in Foresthill? What: Beach Party USA Parade and Celebration When: 10 a.m., July 4 Where: Main Street and Memorial Park in Foresthill Cost: Free parade and entertainment _______________________________________________________ Auburn Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award Recipients Brenda Roper- Soroptimist, Historic Auburn Chuck Parcher- Lions, Auburn 49er Dick Dickey- Lions, Higgins Diggins Era Gross- Lions, Meadow Vista Jimmy Mullenix- Rotary Club, Gold Country Joe Clay- Lions, Auburn Host Kristi MacIntosh- Soroptimist, Auburn Larry Rolufs- Rotary Club of Auburn Lowell Jarvis- Kiwanis Merrill Kagan-Weston- American River Steve Lease- Auburn Daybreak Rotary Club