By BRENNA KNOWLES
Of the Baker City Herald
A new web site and professional pyrotechnicians are helping Haines add a high-tech touch to the Old Fashioned Forth of July celebration this year.
Gina Perkins, president of the Haines Boosters, said that along with the traditional events like the parade, pit barbecue, and fireworks display, a few changes have been made to make the annual Independence Day celebration a fun and wholesome experience for the entire family.
The City of Haines and the Haines Boosters have created a web site at www.hainesoregon.com which includes a brief history of the area, pictures and a detailed schedule of events for the Fourth of July celebrations. Perkins said this is the first year for the site and pictures from the upcoming celebrations will be added.
Perkins also said that this is the first year professional pyrotechnicians have been hired to run the fireworks display.
While the volunteers did an excellent job in the past, this year will be more like what you see on TV or in a bigger city. The sky will be constantly lit, Perkins said.
The display will start at exactly 10 p.m.
Perkins said the venue for the quilt show has also changed. Instead of being held in the Haines Elementary School, the Methodist Church will host the show from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. and display only Haines area quilts, some of which are family heirlooms.
A dignitaries contest is a recent addition to the celebrations. Perkins said the mayor and the sheriff of Haines as well as other victims will be part of a bidding contest where they have to crow like a rooster or bow to other whims the bidders call out.
The contest will be held at the bandstand in the park after the Rooster Crowing Contest, which starts at 2 p.m. All proceeds from the contest go to help the Haines Boosters fund celebrations for next year.
The Haines Boosters are also selling Oregon Trail spring water at the rodeo and parade to raise money for banners and the entertainment budget for next year.
Boosters drive program
Perkins said she joined the Haines Boosters last year to ensure that there would be entertainment in the park for this year. She was soon elected president and said that the experience has been rewarding.
Perkins said the biggest challenge has been doing so much work with so few members. She explained that the Haines Boosters is made up of a group of ten volunteers who meet regularly at the Haines Library during the spring to be able to put on one of the biggest celebrations in the county.
A booth in the park will be set up to sign in new members. Members can be active or inactive. Dues are $5 for a family and $3 for an individual. Time is the best gift people can give, Perkins said.
Perkins said keeping the club going through a turnover in leadership and membership has been their biggest success. People would miss the celebration if it didnt happen, Perkins said.
Perkins said she would like to see the Haines Boosters sponsor more than one event per year. Possibilities include a fall harvest fest or a winter event.
There is a sense of community pride when everyone comes together and puts on a big event like this. It is important to give back to your community and take pride in what a group can do, Perkins said.
Fourth of July events
The Cowboy Breakfast, with live music, will be at the Elkhorn Grange Hall from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Eastern Oregon Museum will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The theme of the parade is Summer Adventures and starts at 11 a.m.
The Pit Barbecue will be in the City Park from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Live music and entertainment will fill the park all afternoon.
Art on Main Street runs from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.
Old Fashioned kids games start at 1 p.m. at the Elkhorn Grange Hall.
A Rooster Crowing Contest will be at the bandstand in the park for ages 5-15 at 2 p.m., followed by the Dignitaries Contest
The Haines Stampede Rodeo starts at 6 p.m. on July 3 and 1:30 p.m. on July 4. The cost is $5 for adults and $2 for ages 6-12.