Mayor Jay C. Andersen's patriotism and ideas for community involvement are rubbing off on the people of the city.

A patriotic pageant is being planned, the idea conceived from a talk delivered by the mayor during last year's Independence Day celebration, according to Sunnie Thompson, one of the organizers of the event. It will be staged July 2, 3, 5 and 6."Our goal is to promote patriotism, respect of flag, a better understanding of our Constitution, a nation under God, responsibilities as citizens and, especially, promote love of this country that we are so blessed to live in and to honor those who have given so much that we might enjoy freedom," Thompson said. Officials anticipate the pageant will help to unite the community in a positive effort and aid the economy and growth of Richfield and the surrounding area.

"A Field of Stars" has been chosen as the title for the free event. It will be held in the foothills west of the city, and all performances will be during evening hours.

Thompson and Jan Kelsey have prepared the script and music for the event, assisted by others during the past five months. Dr. Robert Anderson has provided expertise for musical arrangements. Jean Dixon and Gene Carden have also worked with the music.

Kelsey said participation from people throughout the area is invited. The pageant's sponsoring group is seeking children and adult solo and group singers, dancers, people for speaking parts and for production involvement.

Those who are interested in participating are urged to call Thompson at 896-4513 or Kelsey at 896-6336, or contact them in writing, addressed to Box 413 in Richfield.