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Fourth of July events spread 4 days


A facilitator is needed for the annual pie-eating contest, but other Haines traditions are ready to go and some new events have been added to Fourth of July festivities.

While most activities will take place Independence Day, some will be held beforehand, including the fire department barbecue 11 p.m. Saturday, the Mad Raft Race 3 p.m. Sunday, and a three-club golf tournament 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Haines Chamber of Commerce office manager Jamie Knudsen said Wednesday she has a location near the Visitor’s Center and can get donated pies for the pie-eating contest, but still needs a person to run the event. Call her at 766-2202 to help out. She’s also seeking a parade judge.

Water levels on that Chilkoot River were high at midweek, but plans were moving ahead for the Mad Raft Race, a homemade boat competition starting at Chilkoot Lake and finishing at Lutak bridge. Longtime organizer Erwin Hertz said Wednesday the race was still on, but he’ll be watching the river. Helmets and life vests are required.

“If it’s a question of safety or going down the river, then we’re going to choose safety,” Hertz said. Hertz said he’d be screening event competitors. They need to know the river and be sober, he said. “You need to know what you’re doing.”

New this year is a trap shoot 6 p.m. July 4 at the Mount Riley rifle range. The three-club tournament also was moved to coincide with the holiday. Golf course owner Kathy Pardee Jones said the tournament is a favorite that tests golfers’ versatility. “It’s just kind of fun. You choose your three clubs and that’s it.”

The Chamber’s Knudsen said efforts to beef up the holiday parade appear successful, as she knew of at least five floats in the works. The parade line-up is 10:30 a.m. at the firehall. A full schedule of events between June 30 and July 4 is on pages 6-7.


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