Independence Day Celebration Was Great

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Editor:

What a fabulous celebration of Independence Day our Firewise East Verde Park experienced thanks to all the wonderful community support and participants! Hundreds of children along with their families made some wonderful memories while helping to support the fund-raising efforts of our firewise community.

We would like to acknowledge the tireless efforts of our committee members and other volunteers, who by the end of the day, found themselves up to their ears in mustard, snow cone juice and cotton candy. Smiles were the order of the day and we really can't thank you all enough. The horseshoe games, go-kart rides, catch-and-release fishing derby, duck races down the East Verde River, pie eating and watermelon seed spitting contests, along with all the other festivities, food and games, were a real hit!

The silent auction, raffles and monetary donations were over the top thanks to the following businesses and individuals: Overman's Jewelry Designs, Dan Haapala, Steve Evans and Maggie Means, Hawkins Companies, Frontier Dental (sponsored Payson Community Kids), Chapman Auto Center, Matalyn Gardner of Trails End Photograph (all the printing), Mary Cambier, KMOG Radio (Grand Canyon Railway tickets), Tim Dixon of East Verde Landscape and Design, Verde River Rock House Bed and Breakfast, Tony Petryk, Macky's Grill, Main Street Grille, Nifty 50s Diner, Pine Verde Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, Fireside Espresso, El Rancho Mexican Restaurant, Chili's, Plant Fair Nursery, Sawmill Theatres, Pine Ice, Rim Country Lanes, Rim Liquor, Bashas', Safeway, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Stage Department Store, Dairy Queen, Wendy's and McDonald's. You made all the difference. Thank you.

For advertising our event, we must thank Az.Central.com, KMOG Radio, Payson Office of Tourism, Payson Roundup, Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Rim Country Gazette. We couldn't have done it without you.

For those of you who joined us, thank you so much and for those of you who didn't, please be sure to put us on the calendar for next year. This is the best "All American" way to celebrate our freedom while doing the all-important work of keeping us safe through The National Firewise Communities Program.

Lesley Reeves

Firewise East Verde Park, Inc.

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