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Parade units wanted for Colfax Sesquicentennial

COLFAX — If you have not yet realized it, the village of Colfax will be celebrating its 150th anniversary this year.

The Colfax Sesquicentennial Celebration in July will feature a parade on Saturday, July 19. The Colfax Sesquicentennial Parade Committee invites businesses, high school marching bands, fire departments, police departments, ambulance services, queens and princesses, clubs, organizations, church groups, school groups, saddle clubs, individuals with horses, either riding horses or driven conveyances — and — well, you get the picture.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m., and parade lineup will start at 9 a.m. at the Colfax High School parking lot.

The theme is “Colfax Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” Awards will be given for best presentation of the theme.

The parade will start with a Horse and Buggy Parade. No hay, watering or stabling provided. Unloading and loading at the Colfax Fairgrounds.

The Grand Parade will immediately follow the horses and buggies.

Politicians will be charged $25. In place of throwing candy, “candy walkers” are recommended.

The Colfax Sesquicentennial will kick off Thursday evening, July 17, with Music in the Park and a proclamation from the governor. The Colfax History Room in the Colfax Municipal Building will be open before, during and after Music in the Park.

Friday, July 18 will feature historical tours, open houses for any businesses that wish to participate, ball tournaments at Tom Prince Memorial Park; a pig roast at Colfax Health and Rehabilitation Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Colfax History room will be open at the Colfax Municipal Building from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Before the parade on Saturday, July 19, there will be the dedication of a memorial at Hill Grove Cemetery in the morning for J.D. Simons, founder of Colfax. For reasons that will probably forever remain a mystery, Mr. Simons does not have a grave stone at the cemetery.

Kids’ games will be available throughout the day in downtown Colfax on Saturday, along with historical displays, and Colfax historian Troy Knutson will be signing copies of his book about Colfax containing more than 700 photos at Karl’s Chevrolet at various times throughout the day. The Colfax History room also will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday will feature a craft sale and flea market at the Colfax Fairgrounds as well, along with an antique car show and a tractor show, and more ball tournaments at the ball park.

Other events downtown on Saturday will include local musicians and a beer garden. The festivities on Saturday will culminate with a performance by The Dweebs beginning at 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 20, will be reserved as a day for local churches to hold their own events. Holden Lutheran Church, north of Colfax on county Highway M, will be celebrating its sesquicentennial on Sunday with a special service and a dinner to follow that will feature “Norwegian food.” The Colfax History Room will be open on Sunday, too, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

If you are interested in being a part of the Colfax Sesquicentennial Parade on Saturday, July 19, contact Chris Olson, parade co-chair, at (715) 308-7283 or e-mail:; Jackie Ponto (village administrator) at (715) 962-3311; or LeAnn Ralph at the Colfax Messenger at (715) 962-3535.

All are welcome to participate in the parade, and we hope to see you there.