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Mohawk Valley Independence Day Celebration

40th Annual



GET READY FOR THE 2012 MOHAWK VALLEY INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION honoring freedom with the theme “40 Years of Fun!” 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.





Dink & Dave Rife"Dink" and Dave Rife moved to Portola in 1964. Dave began teaching and coaching at Portola High School and Dink gave birth to their first daughter, Robin. Twenty months later they had a second daughter, Renee. Dave continued teaching science and P.E. at PHS for 30 years. He coached football, basketball, track, skiing, & tennis. One of those years he spent obtaining a Masters Degree and another year as an exchange teacher in Wales. Dink worked for 20 years with the disabled in Plumas County and as a teacher/counselor in the Portola schools. Besides being involved in all the school activities, Dave and Dink were active in the Plumas Ski Club, the Portola Booster Club and the Graeagle Tennis Club. He and Dink were ski instructors for the school ski program in Johnsville for 32 years and Dave was the director of the program for 10 years.


In the 48 years of living and raising a family in Portola and Graeagle (they moved to Graeagle in 1997), the Rifes have been actively involved in many volunteer activities. These activities include the EPCAN food pantry, Plumas Eureka State Park, White Sulphur Springs Ranch Restoration and the Neighborhood Watch Program. They initiated placing memorial benches around the Mill Pond and are still actively involved in doing more. They do fund-raising and purchasing of sports' equipment for Project Santa Claus. Both are active hikers, skiers, tennis and golf players. Dink is also active with the Hard Core Hikers, Hospice, EPHC Advisory Council and EPHC Auxiliary Scholarship Committee, Mohawk Community Resource Center, and the Mohawk Valley Independence Day Committee. She is the poet for the published children's books: The Graeagle Bear, Graeagle Bear's Winter Adventures and Spring Is In The Air With Graeagle Bear. She is also a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.


Dink and Dave feel they work as a team on all volunteer activities. Dink feels that Dave is her "silent partner" and is really the "wind beneath her wings" with their community involvement. They feel flattered to have been chosen Grand Marshals for the 2012 MVID Parade.


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Day In The Park Booth Registration 2012 Day In The Park Booth Registration 2012 (57 KB)


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Community Appreciation Award


The Plumas Eureka State Park Association (PESPA) has existed since 1977.  It was established to enhance the interpretive aspects of the park.  Over the years, the Association has repaired historical buildings, improved exhibits, & organized tours so visitors understand  how gold was discovered & how the miners operated during the Gold Rush years.


PESPA has over 60 docents who volunteer thousands of hours each year.  This year the Association worked diligently with CA Dept. of Parks and Recreation to develop a way to keep our park open and they succeeded!  Please come visit the park and enjoy the museum and interpretive venues.


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2012 Parade


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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 21, 2012.


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You Could Win

MVID 2012 ButtonThe 2012 MVID buttons will be available for $2 at many Graeagle and Blairsden shops. There is a number on the back of each one and if your number is called, you win! The winning numbers will be called Sunday at the green.


Winning Button Numbers





Go to the Mill Works to claim corresponding button Prize:

1. Boat Rental At Sardine Lake

2. Golf Rental for 2 at Plumas Pines Golf Course

3. 1 Hour Massage at Still Point Massage


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Special Thanks

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.


An extra thank you should be given to Dan West for support, and for providing personnel for the setup & cleanup of numerous activities. This event would not be possible without the West’s offering the use of the Mill Pond area for the aerial fireworks display, and the Green for the Park Festivities.



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Entry Forms

Our 2012 Parade Entry Forms are now available! Click here for a PDF version of the 2012 entry form.

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Donate Forms

Click here if you are a business sponsor. Click here if you are an individual sponsor.

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