Parade plea: Volunteers needed

February, 2018 Posted in Community

By Mary Owen

The Fourth of July Committee is looking for volunteers.

“We really need about eight to 10 volunteers to help with the organizing and execution of the parade, and possibly some help at the high school activities,” said Mike Miller, spokesperson for the committee. “There will be bouncy houses for kids and some vendors selling food.”

Miller said the committee can probably pull off the parade with the volunteers already on board, but that “all of the folks that carried the parade are gone and retired out of helping.”

The Fourth of July Committee was looking to possibly having Friends of Old Town Stayton take over the parade, but Miller said, “The opposition to moving the parade downtown was so strong. We plan on organizing the parade and fireworks at the same route and venue at Stayton High School.”

Miller believes people will step up and volunteer because the Fourth of July celebration is an important part of the Stayton community for most people.

“I have been the lead pyrotechnician for the fireworks display for the last 24 years, and feel like it’s one of the best small town shows around,” he said. “I have heard this from spectators for many years.”

The Stayton Lions Club is the main sponsor for the annual event, with many other community businesses and organizations donating to the celebration, Miller said.

“We are doing well for fundraising so far this year,” he added. “We are still in the process of deciding on a number of fees – parade, vendors.”

An informational meeting of the Fourth of July Committee will take place at 1:30 p.m. March 14 at Stayton Middle School. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

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