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.
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