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Napa Firefighters' "Coffin Races" Raise Funds, Spirits: Gallery

Crypt Kickers, Cool Runners, Fire Explorers, the Arabian Nights and a man in a dress made the the first annual Napa Coffin Races a hit even before the first heat. Check our gallery from this lively new benefit and share your photos and videos.

In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury's classic 20th-century sci-fi fable, "firemen" burn books to keep people from reading.

In downtown Napa Saturday afternoon, firefighters and other volunteers burned rubber to help keep people reading.

The first-ever Napa Coffin Races, organized by members of the City of Napa Fire Department as a fundraiser for literacy programs at the Napa County Library, was an instant hit Saturday.

Fifteen wheeled "coffins," decorated as everything from Aladdin's lamp to a circus cannon, raced in heats from the First Street bridge to the hay-baled finish line in front of Dwight Murray Plaza.

Let's give a great big hand to the Napa Fire Department, and in particular "Incident Commander" Charlie Rhodes, for bringing a great new event to town.

Were you there? Do you have pictures and/or videos? Share them in our gallery and click the "Keep me posted" button to be notified when we publish our video(s) from the day.

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