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Colfax sesquicentennial scheduled July 17-20, 2014

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX — The date is now official.

The celebration for the Colfax Sesquicentennial will be held next summer in 2014 from July 17 to July 20.

The Colfax Commercial Club selected the date at a meeting held June 20 at the Colfax Arts and Antique Mall.

The main part of the sesquicentennial celebration will be held Saturday, July 19.

Main Street in Colfax will be closed to traffic that day to allow the celebration to take place downtown.

The sesquicentennial will kick off Thursday evening, July 17, 2014, with Music in the Park in Tower Park next to the Colfax Municipal Building.

On Friday, July 18, the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group will schedule a variety of events at the municipal building.

Sunday, July 20, 2014, will be designated as “church day” for churches in Colfax and the surrounding area. No official activities will be scheduled in the village to allow time for those churches that wish to commemorate the Colfax community’s 150th anniversary with a special service or a church dinner or picnic.

Saturday’s events will include a parade, contests, games, historical displays, food vendors, and local musical talent.

In the evening on Saturday, July 19, 2014, the featured entertainment for a street dance will be The Dweebs.

The Colfax Commercial Club currently is in the process of developing a logo for the sesquicentennial celebration. Sometime within the next few weeks, the logo will appear at the top of the front page of the Colfax Messenger.

Planning for the sesquicentennial is in the early stages, but as the plans progress, local volunteer groups, clubs, service organizations, youth groups, church groups and businesses will be asked if they would be willing to coordinate a certain aspect of the celebration, such as the parade, games, memorabilia, contests, food vendors, historical displays and entertainment.

The Colfax Commercial Club is a fledgling organization in need of start-up funds to help plan for the sesquicentennial.

A down payment of $900 to finalize booking The Dweebs will be due in 30 days.

Donation jars will soon be set up around town at local businesses.

Anyone wishing to make a direct contribution to help plan the sesquicentennial celebration can contact Mark Johnson at the Colfax Arts and Antique Mall at (715) 704-6086.

Donations also can be mailed to the Colfax Commercial Club; P.O. Box 417; Colfax, Wis. 54730.

The Colfax Commercial Club encourages and invites anyone in the Colfax area to attend the meetings.

The next meeting of the Colfax Commercial Club will be July 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Colfax village hall.