Breaking News Bar
posted: 7/3/2013 4:35 PM

Batavia fireworks show set for full BOOM!

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
 

Batavians will get their usual half-hour fireworks show Thursday after all.

The show was in danger of being canceled earlier this spring, or shortened, as the Batavia Fireworks Committee started the year with just $4,500 in hand. It costs $35,000 for the fireworks, plus about $5,000 more for items such as stage rental and the sound system.

But thanks to two major donations, and a couple of fresh fundraising events, the show will go on.

"It was a ton of work," said Alderman Susan Stark, a committee member.

Besides the registration fees from the annual citywide garage sale, and money raised at the annual "Books vs. Badges" basketball game, the committee had an event at a local jewelry store, a wine-tasting at a wine store, had a campaign with local restaurants, sold "Save the Fireworks" buttons, and accepted donations by text message.

The Illinois Lottery announced earlier this week that it has donated $2,500, and will have a booth at the event. The Peapod Half-Madness Half-Marathon donated $5,000, making it a "gold" sponsor.

"We've never had one of those," Stark marveled.

As of Tuesday night the fund had $47,000.

The committee will collect donations for parking in lots at Batavia High School, and will also solicit donations from the crowd.

The event starts at 5 p.m. with "Savor the Flavor" food booths at Engstrom Family Park, Main Street and Millview Drive. Two bands will play during the early evening.

The fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m. Seating is available in the park and on the grounds of the high school.

The show will go on even if it is raining. However, if there is a thunderstorm or high winds, the show will be postponed one day.

Share

Interested in reusing this article?

Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.

The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.

Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Name * Company Telephone * E-mail *

Message (optional)

Success - Reprint request sent Click to close
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here