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Local celebrations abound

Rough times don’t stop 4th of July observances

Local celebrations abound

Ace, 2, enjoys the 2008 Turlock Fourth of July parade atop his father, Albert Dutra's shoulders.

POSTED June 30, 2009 10:48 p.m.
Patriotic citizens need not fear. Despite the nationwide economic depression and H1N1 flu scare local Independence Day celebrations will continue, maybe with a little less fanfare but the same amount of spirit.
Worries about the cancellation of Turlock’s Fourth of July fireworks display turned out to be much ado about nothing. The Chamber of Commerce took over the celebration when California State University, Stanislaus announced that they were canceling the show due to budget cuts. In six weeks the chamber raised $33,000 in cash donations and an estimated $30,000 of in-kind donations.
Sharon Silva, president and CEO of the Turlock Chamber of Commerce, said that the event had three major sponsors. Bud Lite, Turlock Poker Room, and Buchanan Enterprises, who each donated at least $5,000 towards the event.
“This community really came together to assist us in making this happen,” Silva said.
Gottschalks Music provided the entertainment for the evening, and Ernie Bucio’s Little Big Band will be performing live during the pre-fireworks celebration. There will also be food vendors, a Bud Lite beer truck, and a DJ during the celebration. There will be a children’s area with bounce houses, a water slide, and games.
This year’s fourth of July celebration has been moved to the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds. Parking opens at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and gates open at 4 p.m. Fireworks will start when it gets dark, and the sun sets at about 7:30 p.m. that day. There will be a $3 admission charge.
Silva said that she was happy about how well the fireworks show and celebration came together in such a short time.
“We’re ready to rock and roll,” Silva said.
Earlier in the day on Saturday there will be a parade held by the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association. The event will kick off at 10 a.m. with a parade and will be followed by a street faire. There will be food, vendors, family activities, and a classic car show. The event ends at 5 p.m. in plenty of time to catch the fireworks show at the fair grounds.
Delhi was not so fortunate in finding funding for their annual fourth of July fireworks show. Despite the lack of pyrotechnics, they will still be holding an Independence Day parade and celebration. The parade will start at 9 a.m. in the Delhi High School parking lot. The celebration with activities and entertainment will follow at noon in Delhi Educational Park.
Atwater will be holding their annual Run for Independence at Ralston Park. Check in begins at 6:30 a.m. for the 2 and 5 mile runs. Both runs start at 7:30 a.m. Race day registration costs $20. Trophies will be given to first through third places overall and in each age division. At 10 a.m. the park will also play host to the Atwater community festival with music and vendors and a parade starting at Winton Way.
Atwater fireworks will be at Buhach Colony High School along with a concert featuring Jerod Meese and the Grown Children, the Roger Tripp Band, Kowhoon & the Ramblin’ Rowdies, and Killola. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks will follow.
To contact Andrea Goodwin, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2003.

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