Freedom - A Gift Earned With Pride

MVID 2013 Celebration

July 5th, 6th and 7th

Mohawk Valley Independence Day Celebration

41st Annual



GET READY FOR THE 2013 MOHAWK VALLEY INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION honoring freedom with the theme “Freedom - A Gift Earned With Pride.” Plan ahead for this family-friendly event by marking your calendar for the yearly hometown celebration that only Graeagle can offer. From family friendly dancing, an aerial fireworks display over Graeagle Mill Pond, and the spectacular MVID Parade/Day in the Park events, Graeagle is the place to be on Fourth of July weekend.




John Williamson

John WilliamsonI was born in Bakersfield, CA and spent my youth raising 4-H project animals, riding horses, hunting, and fishing During my childhood we camped all over the United States and Canada. At about 7 years old, my father introduced us to the Northern Sierras and the Graeagle area. It was love at first sight and I yearned to be in the mountains hunting and fishing. Weekends and summers were spent at our cabin in Johnsville, skiing in the winter months and fishing and hunting during the summer.


Straight from high school I started work with the United States Forest Service at the Mohawk Ranger Station and later I was accepted into the Region Five Smokejumper program in Redding CA. This position was cut short after losing an argument with a parachute.  Parachute one, me zero. After that I worked in construction until I studied for and received my real estate license eventually opening my own company; Williamson Realty. Real Estate was my primary career for the next 32 years.  After researching and working on a 20 megawatt solar farm I was offered an opportunity to try my hand, full time, in the energy field working for Western Land Services as an Independent Landman on a Compressed Air Energy Storage project in the central valley. Then I was offered a position on a right-of-way project for natural gas transmission pipeline in Western Pennsylvania where I was involved in completing a 61 mile right-of-way for Mark West Liberty Midstream, LLC in record time. However, after living in hotels and flying back for visits for 18 months Kim and I decided it was time to re-gather our thoughts in Graeagle to decide on our next move.


May 5th, 1983 was the luckiest day of my life when I met Kim the love of my life. A year and half later we were married and raised our four children Katie, Jeff, Emilee, and Grace.   Kim has been supportive of all my crazy adventures and I could never repay her for her patience, understanding, and love through the years. We now enjoy watching our eight grandchildren grow up. I have relished being a part of this community and have enjoyed the opportunity to be a part of the fire department(18 years), as well as a member of the first response emergency medical responders. I also served for 23 years as 4th of July parade announcer. My love of fishing and for the outdoors led me to help start the local chapter of Trout Unlimited. Graeagle will always hold a very special part in my heart.



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This ALL-VOLUNTEER team serves the public in crisis situations, whether with lost individuals or major emergencies such as forest fires and floods.  Responding to an average 50 calls per year, the call may be to search for a child that has wandered away from a campsite, or a hunter overdue.   The team’s specially trained dogs are eager to help find lost folks.  Other calls require team members skilled in technical rope techniques for rescue of people downed in the steep canyons of the county.  The team responds with boats and divers when there has been an accident on the water, or with snowmobiles and snowshoes in the backcountry in winter. The rewards for the team are in working together to successfully bring a loved-one back to a family, to try to save a life, or to evacuate a community placed in harm’s way.  Learning how to be a rescuer in the rugged mountain terrain requires countless hours of training.  While the job is tough, the satisfaction is great.




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Our sincere thanks to all who help sponsor this event through your generous donations. Without your support these Independence Day events would not be possible.


Fund raising, it seems, is the most challenging aspect of any organized event. It is very gratifying when so many community members, organizations, businesses, property owners, and individuals demonstrate their unified support. It shows you care about the quality of life and the future of your community.


We wish also to thank those of you who support the MVID events through participation in the various fund-raising events. We were unable to list donations received after June 27, 2013.


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MVID 2013 ButtonHave you purchased your MVID 2013 button?  The buttons are available for $2 suggested donation at many Graeagle and Blairsden shops.  There is a number on the back of each pin and if your number is called, you win! The winning numbers will be posted at the Graeagle store, Graeagle Millworks & here on this page. Winners should take their buttons to the designated shop to collect their prize.



The winning button numbers are: 223, 317, 452, 680, 501, 771, & 268. Winners may claim their prize at  Happy Hunting Ground, 7701 California 89, Graeagle, CA 96103, 530-836-1171.


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Don Clark

Don is the CHAIRMAN of the Mohawk Valley Independence Day Committee (MVID)  and is serving as its leader for the 20th consecutive year. Many of those in attendance recognize the changes that have been implemented during this period making this important celebration what it is today.


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To DAN WEST for his support, and for providing personnel for the setup & cleanup of numerous activities. This event would not be possible without his offering the use of the Mill Pond area for the aerial fireworks display, and the Green for the park festivities.


To RICKY & CANDY ROSS of INTERMOUNTAIN DISPOSAL for their yearly contribution to the overall success of our activities.


To FEATHER RIVER PARK RESORT for golf carts critical to EVENT coordination.




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Our 2013 Parade Entry Forms are now available! Click here for a PDF version of the 2013 entry form.

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Click here if you are a business sponsor. Click here if you are an individual sponsor. You can also click the donate button and donate with a credit card. Be sure to tell us your name so we can include you in our program and on the website.

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