Pancake Breakfast At The Fire House

Fourth of July wouldn’t be the same without an all-American breakfast served by the firefighters at Montecito Fire District (595 San Ysidro Road), who clear out the main garage, put up as many tables as will fit, fire up the grills, and then cook and serve an eggs & bacon pancake breakfast (coffee included).

Montecito Association President Bill Palladini, along with 2007’s Village Fourth Grand Marshal Dick Thielscher, and many former Grand Marshals will reside at a special table to greet some 700 Fire District supporters (the breakfast charge is a fundraiser for special projects and equipment).

The Village Fourth Parade

The Montecito Association expects to field 35 to 40 entrees, and any individual or group is invited to enter. If you would like to participate, simply fill out the form on page 26 and return it with the $10 entry fee to the Montecito Association at 1469 East Valley Road. All entries must be received by July 2.

The Parade begins at Upper Manning Park at 11:30 am sharpish, and heads down San Ysidro Road to Santa Rosa Lane and on into Lower Manning Park. Rumor has it the Music Academy of the West may have an entry for the first time ever.

We hope to see Ron McClain, retired Montecito Fire Department Chief and last year’s Grand Marshal, driving in the Grand Marshal’s Jeep carrying this year’s Grand Marshal but we suspect the new chief, Kevin Wallace, will be commandeering the Jeep.

The Montecito Cup Challenge

Immediately after the parade, Montecito’s Village Fourth Celebration begins (around noon) in Lower Manning. Food booths, music, games, and competition for the Montecito Cup follows. Students from our local elementary schools compete for this prestigious award. A tug-o-war, sack race, and pie-eating contest determine the winner. Montecito Union School has won for the last two years and is seeking a threepeat. We hear, however, that Cold Spring School is up for the challenge.

Volunteers Wanted & Needed

The Montecito Association needs volunteers – and plenty of them – to make it all happen. They are needed, for example, to set up and clean up at lower Manning Park (any time between 8 am and 3:30 pm on July 4). Other volunteer requirements are: parade monitors (11 am to noon), and booth operators (noon to 2:30 pm). Artists for face painting are always welcome, and the most vital need is from 8 am to 10 am to set up in time for county health inspectors that arrive at 10:30 am.

All volunteers receive coupons for a hot dog and drink of their choice (wine and beer for the adults), not to mention the Montecito Association’s undying gratitude. Please call Diane Pannkuk at 969-9005.

Donations, Donations, Donations

Winner of this year’s tee shirt logo contest is MUS fifth-grader Nicole Bordas. Big Dogs/The Walking Company has generously donated tee shirts again this year. The shirts can be purchased in the Upper Village, on the lawn outside Santa Barbara Bank and Trust from 10 am to 4 pm, or in front of Vons from 10 am to 2 pm daily through July 3.

It costs $17,000 to put on Village Fourth, and no tax dollars are involved; all funds are donated and/or must be raised, and sale of Village Fourth tee shirts help fund the parade. Your tax-deductible contribution should be made out to Montecito Community Foundation/Village Fourth (not to the Montecito Association) and mailed to Montecito Association P.O. Box 5278 Santa Barbara, CA 93150.

NOTE: Montecito Journal offices will be closed from Thursday June 21 through Monday June 25 for semiannual vacation.