To the Editor: Thanks for a great fireworks show!

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Fireworks at the CIDC 2021. Photo by Malcolm Andrews.

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Despite the initial uncertainty about whether we could host the event this year and therefore our late start, we are pleased to be writing to thank you for your enthusiastic support of our small town tradition —our annual Crozet Independence Day parade, celebration, and fireworks show on July 3, 2021. Many deserve thanks and recognition for their contributions to the success of this event.  Prime among them are those who donated to the Fireworks Fund to help cover the cost of our amazing fireworks show. We appreciate the support of our most generous donors:  Alpha & Omega Home Improvement Contracting, King Family Vineyard, The Lodge at Old Trail, Parkway Pharmacy, Crozet Insurance, Kennedy Electric, Mike Marshall, and Pro Re Nata Farm Brewery. We also appreciate donations from Environmental Standards, Inc., John and Brenda Plantz, The Green Olive Tree, Crozet Pizza, UVA Community Credit Union, and Brownsville Market. Their generous contributions along with those of others made our fireworks show possible. Next time you see them, please thank them!

We also appreciate the support of several local businesses that very generously provide their services at a discount or for free, including, Arbor Life, Zoom Fencing, Virginia Tent Rental, Lenoir Parking Enterprises, and Virginia Eagle Distributing. Last but not least, we would be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge the generous support of the Crozet Gazette in running a full-page ad and a special thank you to Allie Marshall Pesch of AMP Design for designing our Crozet Independence Day Celebration posters, park map, and handbill for free. Thank you each so much.

The parade, celebration, and fireworks are a combined effort of Crozet’s civic organizations who have teamed up to complete tasks that in the past fell solely to the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD). For many years, the CVFD sponsored the celebration as a fundraiser. First and foremost, we thank the CVFD for continuing to setup and run the parade. We also thank the Parade Grand Marshal, Mr. Austin Critzer.  Mr. Critzer is the oldest and longest serving lifetime member of the CVFD, having served 73 years.

Others who share in making this celebration successful are the Crozet Community Association, Claudius Crozet Park (which is community-owned and run by volunteers), and the Crozet Board of Trade, as well as several citizen volunteers. 

We also thank the wonderful volunteers who helped set up, take admissions donations, and clean up afterwards, especially the Crozet Trails Crew and the Crozet Fellowship Church members. We truly could not have done it without your help. We are especially appreciative of the dedication and hard work of the House family that did the unenviable, but important job of emptying the trash bins during and after the celebration. Paul House, we can’t thank you enough for your dedication to task year after year.  

One of the wonderful privileges of living in Crozet is how freely and generously so many give of their time, talents, and resource to make this event a success. If we’ve omitted anyone, we apologize; know that your donation was appreciated even though we failed to acknowledge it here. Thank you each and every one. 

Most of all, we thank you, our generous fellow Crozetians, for your attendance and support. On behalf of the Crozet Independence Day Celebration (CIDC) planning team, thank you for your support. We look forward to see you next year on Saturday, July 2, 2022!

Sincerely,

Tim F. Jost Tolson
Chair, CIDC Planning Team, President, Crozet Community Association

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