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Huge Citrus Heights yard sale to benefit community marching band

File photo. The Citrus Heights Community Marching Band holds annual yard sale fundraisers each fall and spring. // CH Sentinel

The nonprofit Citrus Heights Community Marching Band is once again gearing up for its fall yard sale fundraiser, a huge annual event that takes up an area the size of a football field.

The 2016 fall yard sale will be held at 7620 Linden Ave. in Citrus Heights from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend of Aug. 26-28, as well as Sept. 2-5. Proceeds from the sale go directly to support the band, helping provide for items like uniforms, instruments and liability insurance, according to organizers.

Kathy Cook, the band’s program director, said community donations for the yard sale are currently being dropped off every day, including furniture, washers and dryers, plants, antiques and more. She said band volunteers will be going through two big trailers full of donations in the next few days, and another two trailers are on schedule to arrive before the event.

The fall yard sale is one of four general fundraisers Cook said the band organizes each year to help keep the band program free. Yard sales are held during the first two weekends in May, and again around Labor Day weekend each year. A spaghetti feed is also held each March, and a ‘Howl-o-ween’ event is held in October.

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When the marching band kicked off its first yard sale fundraiser back in 2011, Cook said the group had no idea how big the event would grow — believing donations from band members would dry up someday. To their surprise, the event has grown so large that Kathy and her husband Bill have given up raising cattle on their property in order to dedicate storage space on two cow pastures for the yard sale.

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The all-volunteer marching band has become known for its performances at community events around the region, annually playing at the Citrus Heights Tree Lighting ceremony and organizing a flash-mob at the local Walmart each December. Cook said the band now has close to 80 members, with the youngest participants being a trio of four-year-old’s and the oldest being an 86-year-old trumpet player.

Those wishing to donate items for the yard sale are invited to contact Bill Cook at (916) 872-3553.


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