Community support ensured Fourth success

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The members of the Sandpoint Lions Club wish to thank the people of our community who devoted financial support to the 2019 Independence Day celebration. The children’s parade, Grand Parade and the City Beach fireworks are paid for by the folks buying Sandpoint Lions raffle tickets and merchant and individual donations.

Kicking off at the Lost in the 50’s in May until dusk July 4, Lions Club members spent many hours selling raffle tickets to raise the funds it takes to pay for the annual celebration

Special thanks to Yokes Fresh Market, Super 1 Foods, Walmart, Co-op Country Store, and Hoot Owl Café for allowing Lions Club members to sell raffle tickets on their premises.

We want to thank all the people who bought those tickets, even when we often heard, “I never win anything.” This year’s prize winners tell us they will never say that again!

The grand prize a 2019 Sea Doo Spark 2 person with trailer was won by Co-op in Ponderay.

Second prize, a $2,000 shopping spree, was won by Larry Smith of Rathdrum.

Third prize, $1,000 cash, was won by Lindsey Hughes.

A huge thanks goes out to our sponsors:

Platinum: Idaho Forest Group

Gold: Ben Stein

Silver: Schweitzer Conoco, Percussionaire Flow Ventilation, and Kochava, Inc.

Thanks also to Marine and Motorsport for a great price on the grand prize.

The celebration kicked off on the morning of the 4th with the children’s parade. We had a great turnout and the smiles and high energy of all those young people were the perfect start to a wonderful day.

The Lions Club extends a very special “thank you” to our military veterans who led the Grand Parade, and George Eskridge for driving the incoming/outgoing Lions presidents and Karen Griggs for driving our Grand Marshalls. Hats off to the Elks golf cart patrol for distributing water in the parade participants. We also want to thank all of the people who entered the Grand Parade and helped make it a great success.

We thank our judges, Darcey Smith, Jennifer Rader and Goldie Rader.

Thanks to Bill Brown for announcing our entries once again.

The Bonner County Amateur Radio Club staged their volunteers on the parade route ready to relay information or emergency communications. We appreciate their presence during the parade.

Parade prize winners by category:

• Northern Lights Grand Prize/commercial,

• CAL/community civic,

• Idaho Forest Group/forest,

• Wild Horse Trail/veterans,

• 4H/youth organizations,

• Panhandle Antique Tractors/antique transportation

• Shingle Mill Blueberry Farm/band,

• Team Tyler/individual,

• Canine Companions/animal

The fireworks display was great again this year due to the continuing efforts of Rich Vaughn and Jason Gellhaus of Pyro Spectaculars North, Inc.

Everyone who attended the Independence Day celebration also needs to thank the city of Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, Police Department, EMS, fire departments and the Bonner County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol. The folks in those organizations did a great job of keeping our residents and many visitors safe.

The annual Independence Day celebration in Sandpoint is a special time for the members of the Sandpoint Lions Club. When we see the smiles on the faces of all of the children and visitors to our community during the parade and fireworks, we are truly grateful that we get to do this each year.

Thanks again to everyone who made the 2019 Independence Day celebration a success.

RONDA WHITTAKER

Sandpoint Lions

vice president

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