Memorial Day festivities called a success

City planning combined event next year with 50th anniversary

BURTON — Members of the Parks and Recreation Commission said the Memorial Day 5K race and other festivities were a success.

As the commission looks ahead to 2022, there are plans to combine next year’s Memorial Day events with the city’s 50th anniversary.

At the June 9 commission meeting, a report from commission member Jim Craig, who was absent, said more than 300 walkers and runners took park in the May 31 Memorial Day race, as well as a handful of participants who did the race virtually.

“Thank you to Mayor (Duane) Haskins for being the race starter and thank you to the Burton Police and Fire Department for traffic control,” Craig’s report said. “Thank you, Atherton schools, for allowing us to use the outside grounds. Participants were very happy to be back out racing with their friends.”

Now that the Memorial Day race is over, Craig said the city will start the plans for the Veterans Day Honor Run in October.

Jeremy Scharrer, president of the parks and recreation commission, said he thought the entire Memorial Day event went well. He added there were so many last-minute participants in the parade that the city ran out of numbers to assign each entry.

“We did run out of numbers for the parade, so that’s a great thing,” he said. “Our little signs, we actually made 20 out of paper plates and put those up. So, we had 70 entries and like an additional 15-20 who never put in their application – so we didn’t have enough spots out there.”

Scharrer said the commission is in the process of working on more signs for next year so they will have enough.

“There was not a single part of the celebration that did not blow us away. Everything was over what we expected,” he said. “The car show was great. The fireworks turned out great.”

Next year, Scharrer said the plan is to combine the Memorial Day festivities with Burton’s 50th anniversary celebration.

He said there is talk of having a recap meeting with the mayor’s office to discuss a lot of ideas for next year’s festivities so soon after the event so they are fresh in everyone’s minds.