By Conrad Dudderar
Yukon’s elected leaders heaped star-spangled praise on city staff for the Freedom Fest celebration.
Crowds converged in and around the adjoining Chisholm Trail Park and Yukon City Park for the July 3-4 festivities, which featured two fireworks shows, live music, car show, food vendors, children’s parade, youth triathlon, and more.
Vice Mayor Rick Cacini offered kudos to city administrative staff and Yukon Parks & Recreation personnel for planning and presenting the patriotic festivities.
“They did an outstanding job again this year,” Cacini said. “Better than last year, if it was possible.”
An annual July 3rd tradition that continued was a “Tribute to Veterans” dinner last Saturday night. Cacini, founder and curator of the Yukon Veterans Museum, thanked event sponsors on behalf of U.S. military veterans who attended.
Out-of-state visitors were impressed, Yukon’s vice mayor related.
“They’d never seen a community that stood together and celebrated (the Independence Day holiday) like we did,” he added.
Ward 4 City Council Member Aric Gilliland echoed those sentiments.
“What a great job by everybody involved with the celebrations last weekend,” Gilliland said. “I noted how nice the grounds (grass, flowerbeds and trees) looked – it’s easy to miss that in the mass of people.”
Freedom Fest organizers also were commended for efforts to move car show entries and food trucks off the grass to paved parking surfaces due to recent rainfall.
Council members credited city employees for ensuring Freedom Fest ran smoothly.
“It wasn’t just a handful – every city employee was there working hard, 16-hour days,” Mayor Shelli Selby noted. “They didn’t get to spend the Fourth with their family because they were busy serving us.”
Meanwhile, Selby said the annual Tribute to Veterans is “wonderful way” to honor and celebrate all Yukon veterans.
Yukon’s patriotic two-day festival was “over the top again,” Ward 3 Council Member Donna Yanda pointed out.
“Thank you to everyone who participated – all the city workers and everyone that contributed,” Yanda said.
This year’s July 4th holiday festival “was awesome”, At-Large Council Member Jeff Wootton added.