Fireworks fund growing, more still needed
Last week’s donations pushed the annual fireworks fund over the $1,300 mark but that remains far shy of the $5,000 goal for this Saturday’s July 3 show.
Fundraising chair Russ Pankonin expressed appreciation for the donations to date.
He urged people to consider a donation to this year’s show, which has been expanded due to the city’s Q-125 celebration.
He said donations of any size are accepted.
Donations sponsor specific shells and displays during the show.
A donation up to $10 will sponsor a three-inch shell, $11-24 a four-inch shell; and $25-49 a five-inch shell.
Donations of $50-99 sponsor multi-shot box displays with $100 or more sponsoring the finale.
Pankonin also noted the 2009 donors were not properly acknowledged in the paper last year. An ad thanking last year’s donors appears this week.
This year’s donors will be recognized after all the donations come in, he added.
Show bigger than ever
Fire Chief Bryan Dannatt said Saturday night’s fireworks show should be the “biggest show ever,” as far as he knows.
With the additional money set aside for this year’s show as part of Imperial’s 125th celebration, several special shells will be included in the display supplied by Western Enterprises, Inc., in Oklahoma, Dannatt said.
Of special note will be some of the company’s new designer aerial shells, some of which they are showcasing in the 2010 International Fireworks Competition in Montreal, Canada, in late July.
The company also added several special multi-shot boxes, Dannatt said, because of the 125th celebration.
The show will start at dark, about 9:15 p.m.
Dannatt suggests that with the additional people in town for the 125th celebration events, and street construction in the area, that people allow extra time to get to the fairgrounds in Imperial.