For Audrey Thompson, Karen Woodcock and Debbie Gayman, it’s never too early to be thinking about the Fourith of July.
The three businesswomen are once again in their annual ramp-up to Eatonville’s Independence Day celebration. The three-woman organizing committee is laying the groundwork for the festivities, which include a professional fireworks show and other entertainment on July 3. And that means raising enough money from the community over the next month or so to foot the bill.
The goal is $9,000 to cover fireworks, insurance, the cost of renting portable toilets for the public’s use, and other expenses. Donations are gladly accepted by the organizers, who also are selling $1 raffle tickets for a drawing for a 1988 Ford Ranger pickup truck, which was donated with the help of Eatonville Auto, Eatonville Collision and Eatonville Towing. As of May 17, about 300 tickets had been sold, “and that’s with very little advertising,” Thompson said.
A vehicle was raffled last year, too. Money has also come in past years from businesses, groups and individuals – sometimes in the form of a handful of change.
Raffle tickets, plus information on how to make donations and for vendors to reserve space for booths at the festival, is available from Thompson at Thompson’s Licensing (253-832-8366) and from Woodcock at All About You Salon (253-832-1722).
Fireworks, live entertainment and games for kids will be staged in the ballfield near Eatonville Middle School. The event is organized to give people two days of celebration. After the fireworks extravaganza on July 3, the parade is held the next day at noon in downtown Eatonville. That allows time for people to have their private celebrations after the parade, Thompson noted.