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ll I, Thursday, July 3, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-7 Celebrate Hoodsport seeks volunteers By-NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com For 29 years, locals and visitors alike have come to Hoodsport for a street fair, fireworks and other Fourth of July events. But if Celebrate Hoodsport is going to reach its 30th birth- day, organizers need help. "It seems like the support is really lacking," organizer Frank Benavente said. "We're actually considering not doing it after this year." This year, the street fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Last year, 47 vendors participated in the street fair. The street fair includes food, crafts, and business and nonprofit vendors. Some local artists will also sell their work at the fair. In addition to the street fair, the festival includes a fireworks show at the Port of Hoodsport dock Saturday night. The Fireworks Extravagan- za is scheduled for 10 p.m. Sat- urday at the Port of Hoodsport dock. A live auction is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Model T Pub & Eatery. On Saturday, a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Hood Canal Kiwanis will take place at the Hood Canal Community Church at 81 N. Finch Creek Road in Hood- sport. A book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hoodsport Timberland Library at 40 Schoolhouse Hill Road. Celebrate Hoodsport orga- nizers worked with the Mason Transit Authority to provide shuttle service to Hoodsport and back for the fireworks show. Each year the event costs $18,000 to $20,000 to put on. The nonprofit Hoodsport Com- munity Events Association, which organizes the event, only has a few members, Be- navente said. "It takes a lot of work," he said. Each year as many as 10,000 people attend the event, Benavente said. "Our numbers are always the same," he said. "Every mo- tel, every RV, every campsite, everybody's booked. We don't have any vacancies." Benavente said the festival might go on next year if more people volunteer to help orga- nize it. "We just need to get more people (involved with) plan- ning," he said. To volunteer to help with the event, contact Benavente at 877-5301. Officials: Stay safe with fireworks this Fourth By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun corn Warm weather and sunny skies predicted for this weekend could contribute to a pleasant Fourth of July weekend. However, officials are warning people to cele- brate the holiday carefully to prevent fires and inju- ries caused by fireworks. "It's the same thing we preach year after year," said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Patti with Central Mason Fire & EMS. "Out- side the city limits if you're going to shoot offfireworks make sure you've got a garden hose ready." Fireworks are banned in Shelten city limits, but are allowed in unincorpo- rated Mason County. Residents are allowed to discharge fireworks from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 3, 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4, and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 5. State law prohibits the use of firecrackers, sky- rockets and bottlerockets. Mason County fire of- ficials urged people to use common sense when lighting fireworks. "Use legal fireworks, don't use illegal fire- works," said Chief Beau Bakken of the North Ma- son Regional Fire Author- ity. "Legal fireworks have been screened for a level of safety." Even some fireworks traditionally thought" of as safe can cause serious injuries, Patti said. "Sparklers -- that we see children using all the time -- a lot of adults see those (sparklers) as real safe and real harmless ... but don't realize the ends can get up to 1,800 de- grees," he said. "As long as we're holding on to the end that isn't burning we're OK. Third-degree and fourth-degree burns are really serious." Adults should super- vise the lighting of fire- works and soak used fireworks in a bucket of water to ensure they are out, Patti said. When discharging fireworks, ensure they are pointing away from anything com- bustible, he said. 'WCe've had our share of roof fires in this state over the years," he said. Bakken said fireworks caused a fire that de- TOO LATE TO stroyed a home in Allyn on Jan. 1. 'Tney were lighting off fireworks offthe back deck and it came down on the wrong area and caught the roof on fire," he said. "It can happen," he said. Hot weather forecast for the weekend will also contribute to fire danger. Bakken said the Mason County Fire Chiefs Associ- ation is conside_ng a burn ban beginning next week. "We're getting a pretty volatile mixture of hot weather ... then you mix that with some fireworks. That can obviously be a • very dangerous proposi- tion," he said. "Our fuels are getting really, really dry out there." 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