Cordova’s 2019 Independence Day
celebrations ran smoothly, thanks to help from volunteers, says Cathy Renfeldt,
executive director of the Cordova Chamber of Commerce.
“Without volunteers, there would be no July
4 festivities,” says Renfeldt. “It would be impossible.”
The main event of the morning was the Kelp
Box Derby, which sent unmotorized vehicles of all sizes and colors racing down First
Street. Former Cordova mayor Kelly Weaverling coordinated the derby.
Following the derby came a series of
informal children’s events, including a footrace, a sack race, a three-legged
race and an egg toss. At noon, the morning fog was replaced by the smoke from a
community barbecue and potluck.
Volunteer coordinator Jalie Sebia touched
base with potluck contributors ahead of time, making certain that the event
wouldn’t end up with a dozen identical dishes. Local restaurants donated side
dishes, including a potato salad from the Reluctant Fisherman Inn, a crab salad
from Nichols’ deli and a green salad from Baja Taco. Concluding the festivities
was a square dance led by Belle Mickelson, organizer for Cordova’s 4H Music
The Cordova Chamber of Commerce received
major financial support for the event from AC Value Center, Cordova Wireless,
Ocean Beauty and other local businesses.
Although events fell behind schedule as the
day went on, it didn’t cause any significant complications, Renfeldt said.
“What I usually plan to do at these events
is run around, putting out fires,” she said. “I didn’t have any fires to put
out this year, literal or figurative.”
New events for 2019 included a disc golf
event and stalls run by vendors. As the end of festivities drew near, square
dance participants were encouraged to help clean up. By evening, the only sign
of the event was a few strings of bunting running along First Street. A quick
clean-up was also facilitated by attendees picking up after themselves, she
said.“If you haven’t volunteered recently, I would
encourage you to consider it.”