Get ready: big Fourth planned for Madras
With July fast approaching, firework stands open and red, white and blue merchandise and decorations lining the shelves of businesses, the annual Madras Fourth of July celebration at Sahalee Park is gearing up.
The Todd Beamer Memorial Run kicks the day off, with registration beginning at 6:15 a.m. The 6-mile walking portion begins at 7 a.m. At 7:30 a.m., the bus leaves for the 5K and 10K runs, which begin at 7:45 a.m. and 8 a.m. The 2-mile fun run begins at 9 a.m. and all the different races are followed by the awards ceremony at 9:30 a.m.
The price of the race is cheaper, $10, if participants preregister at macrecdistrict.com. The cost is $15 on the day of the race and all proceeds go to the Todd Beamer Memorial Scholarship fund.
The rest of the Fourth of July festivities kick off a little later than race registration, with the Elks Pancake Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. and the rest of the festivities in the park running from 9 a.m. to 2p.m., with the parade beginning at 10a.m.
This year's parade begins at 10 a.m. and registration and check-in runs from 8-9:30 a.m. Participants can also preregister and are highly encouraged to do so.
Staging will take place on 10th Street by Madras Elementary School and at the start of the parade, floats and entries will continue up 10th Street from the elementary school to B Street, where they will turn left and head toward Sahalee Park. On the far side of the park, the parade will turn left again on to Seventh Street and continue down just past the Jefferson County Library, where they will turn left onto E Street to complete the square parade route and return to the staging area.
Davida Plaisted, administrative staff at the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, said that it is important floats don't turn too soon on their way back to the school, for example on D street, because if the last of the parade hasn't left the staging area when the first float returns from a shorter route, the parade can get backed up.
The events in the park will feature different types of vendor booths, with food and products for sale. Vendor registration will be cut off on July 3, but until then registration forms can be picked up at the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce building, at 274 SW Fourth St.
At the park, there will be an opening ceremony, featuring the national anthem performed by the newly formed community choir, which will also perform several other patriotic songs. During the national anthem, the JROTC from the high school will perform a flag ceremony.
Throughout the day, the Bad Cats will provide music for the festivities and vendor booths will be set up throughout the park. Also, the new Ethan Stovall Splash Park will be open.
To register a vendor booth, either arts and crafts or a food booth, contact Plaisted at the chamber. There are different rates for booths depending on the type. Certain documentation and certifications are required for food vendors.
Sponsorships for the festivities are still available as well, with multiple different price points.
The holiday falls on a Thursday this year, making it align with the Madras Downtown Association's Park and Play event for the month of July. The event begins at 5 p.m. and wraps up at 9 p.m., with just enough time for attendees to find a place to watch the Madras Sparklers fireworks show that begins at dusk, usually around 10 p.m.
For more information about the festivities in the park or the parade, contact Plaisted at the Chamber of Commerce at 541-475-2350, or stop by the chamber office on Fourth Street.