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Friday, July 4, 2008

Rain dampened fun at Forest Park Friday during the Brazil Rotary Fourth of July Celebration. The Rotary purchased straw to lay out in the park to soak up rain that had taken place throughout the day. Inclement weather forced a cancellation of the fireworks, scheduled for 10 p.m., today. The fireworks display will take place today, at 10 p.m. The Brazil Rotary did, however, make its annual drawing for $10,000, which was won by area resident Casey James.

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Good photo! Thanks to Lynch's and Bob Clawson of Triple CCC Farm, the club was able to get enough straw to make the midway paths usable. Thanks also to the people from Burton Bros. Amusements for the use of their truck on Friday and for all their help in spreading the straw. Thanks also to Rob York for the use of one of their trucks earlier in the week to haul straw. We may need airboats in future years if this rain doesn't let up! Hope all enjoyed the celebration this year.

--Mike Petersen, Brazil Rotary President thru July 4, 2008.

-- Posted by mpetersen on Sat, Jul 5, 2008, at 2:49 PM

Thank's for another great celebration... I love Brazil's 4th of July. It's one of the many reasons we retired back here.

Also Burton Bros was a very pleasant surprise. I imagined that anyone you were able to get as a fill in for a year would be kind of marginal. Not at all, they were clean and courteous with a very nice selection of rides.

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Sat, Jul 5, 2008, at 5:46 PM

Hats off to the Rotary & Burton Bros. Best, Friendliest & cleanest Carnival in 20 plus years!

-- Posted by Hoss's Mom on Sun, Jul 6, 2008, at 4:46 PM

I liked Burton Bros Amusements. The staff was clean and friendly. There were a nice assortment of rides and they appeared to be well-maintained. And after having a short discussion with one of the Burtons, it is obvious that they are going to do anything they can to make this relationship work. They love being here and of course with doing anything for the first time, they already have ideas on how to improve the next time.

I've heard others comment that the festival "just isn't what it used to be". Well the world changes. There are more entertainment options everyday, and the economy has an effect as well. The midway may not be as big as it once was, but have you gone to other fairs and festivals? Everyone is not as big as they used to be.

I do have a suggestion for next year...Have more things for adults to do, namely a Bingo tent. There are plenty of worthy local organizations that could use money raised by such a venture. A couple that comes to my mind right away...the Clay Co. Humane Shelter, or the Parks Dept. itself. Other local festivals have Bingo, and it draws some people in that wouldn't otherwise be there or spend money.

Overall, I think this is a great community event and I thank the Rotary Club for its stewardship.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Mon, Jul 7, 2008, at 6:42 AM

I thought this was one of the cleanest fairs weve had in years. Kinda nice not to have to listen to rude carnavial workers. I think the Rotary should have burton bros. back. Hats off to the Rotary for another job well done & keeping the rides affordable

-- Posted by kd323 on Tue, Jul 8, 2008, at 10:25 AM

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