Logan sets up for July 4 weekend

William Thompson

Record crowds are expected for Logan’s Fourth of July weekend this year.

The city will hold a parade on Saturday July 3, and the Logan Chamber of Commerce will be holding a free bean feed and a fireworks show at Ute Lake State Park that same day.
Jeannean Sanchez, one of the directors of the chamber of commerce, said chamber volunteers will be almost too busy all weekend to relax and enjoy the festivities in and around Logan. “We will be working all day long Saturday,” said Sanchez. “We will be selling raffle tickets at the parade, helping out with the bean feed. Hopefully I’ll have some time to enjoy the events, but at least on Monday, we’ll all be able to rest.” The raffle tickets Sanchez alluded to are now on sale for $25 per ticket. They can be bought from members of the chamber of commerce. Sanchez said the winner of the raffle will have to decide on cash or a gift certificate. “The winner of the raffle can decide to accept $10,000 cash or a gift certificate worth $11, 500 that will be good at one of five local merchants,” she said.

The five merchants that will accept the $11, 500 gift certificate are Dinghy Dick’s Marine, Hamilton Big Country Ford, Mills-Strebeck Autoplex, Trousdale Realty, Adobe Mission Realty and Mesa Realty. Sharon Reid, another of the chamber’s directors, said the annual parade will have quite a few entries. The parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.
“The parade will have some floats,” said Reid. “The American Legion and Bruhn Enterprises always have floats. There will also be antique cars and kids will be participating as well.” Reid said people start lining the parade route two hours before the parade begins. “Around 8 a.m cars start parking along the parade route,” she said. “The parade will begin behind Logan Home and Auto, proceed down First Street to Yucca then come back up Second Street.”

Sanchez said the fireworks show is probably the most popular event of the Fourth of July celebration. She said the fireworks will be shot off from Windy Point at Ute Lake State Park shortly after dark Saturday evening. “People who come to the bean feed usually stay in the park area until the fireworks go off,” said Sanchez. “Many people also go to the Mine Canyon area to watch the fireworks. Four thousand dollars worth of professional fireworks will be shot off.”
Sanchez said the bean feed will not be just about beans.
“In addition to the free pinto beans, we will also be serving free beef brisket near the ranger station at main entrance to the park. We will have plenty of tables set up. Sanchez said the chamber looks to Fourth of July weekend for the bulk of its finances. “This is the main way we raise money to do all of our other stuff throughout the year,” she said.