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Town hall meeting August 6 for Colfax sesquicentennial

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX —  What’s that old saying? Be there — or be square …

The Colfax sesquicentennial in July of 2014 is going to be the biggest party that Colfax has had since — well — the centennial celebration in 1964.

Putting on the biggest birthday party that Colfax has ever had is going to require tons of work.

Not to mention many volunteers.

 To begin coordinating those volunteers, the Colfax Commercial Club will hold a town hall meeting on August 6 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Colfax Municipal Building.

The good people of the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group have been working diligently on the auditorium, and if you haven’t seen it lately, now is your chance.

So who should attend the town hall meeting?

Members of the Colfax Commercial Club briefly considered publishing an article under the headline that the Colfax Village Board and the surrounding townships were planning to double property taxes as a way to get people to the town hall meeting.

Then the CCC decided maybe that was a bad idea.

Seriously, though, who should attend?

Anyone and everyone: business owners; American Legion and Auxiliary; Colfax Kiwanis; Colfax School District staff; EMTs from the Colfax Rescue Squad; the Colfax EMS Association; the Colfax Fire Department; members of any of the churches in town or outside of town; the Colfax Sportsmen’s Club; The Colfax Women’s Club; 4-H groups and leaders; Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Can you think of anyone else?


Bring them with you.

Some of the areas where volunteers will be needed include:

1. Communications (television; social media; flyers; newspaper; radio; banners).

2. Food (baked goods; cotton candy; flip-flop chicken dinner; brats and hotdogs; beer; soda pop; cheese curds; commercial vendors).

3. Parking (shuttle; side streets; handicapped parking).

4. Music (school music; Dweebs; D.J.; Herrick and Friends; other groups)

5. Display (historic clothing; painting on store windows; historic displays; car show; tractor show).

6. Memorabilia (coins; church books; calendars; tee shirts; posters).

7. Games (ball tournament; scavenger hunt; water fight; jumping gym).

8. Contests (baking; button contest; beard contest; raffle; pioneer themes).

9. Parade

10. School art display (depicting scenes from Colfax history).

Please note that the items listed above are only a partial list. If you have additional ideas, bring them with you to the meeting on August 6 at 7 p.m. at the Colfax Municipal Building.