City getting ready for fireworks show
Donations still being sought for July 4 show
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Friday night will be a big night in the community as the city hosts its annual July 4 fireworks show at the Chase County Fairgrounds.
Members of the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department will shoot off the fireworks in a show expected to last about 20 to 25 minutes.
Patrons should be in place by 9 p.m. or shortly after for the start of the show. Though it’s billed for an approximate 9:15 start, if bad weather is moving in and it’s dark enough, it may get started a few minutes early, said Fire Chief Nick Schultz.
People can park on the north or south ends of the fairgrounds.
At least 18 firefighters will be donating their time that evening for the show with about half a dozen of them in fire trucks in case of fire. They will start setting up the large tubes from which the fireworks are shot earlier that day, Schultz said.
If bad weather postpones the show, it will be moved to Saturday night, Schultz said.
Fundraising to help support the fireworks show is underway with $650 donated as of early this week.
The $7,500 show is provided to the public free of charge using a combination of city budget funds and donations.
Individuals, businesses and organizations wishing to contribute to the show can drop donations off to the city office or The Imperial Republican.
July 26 Fun Day
The 11th annual Helen Fanning Memorial IVFD Fun Day is set for Saturday, July 26.
An afternoon lunch and water fun will be held at the Wellington St. football field, with an evening barbecue added this year at the fire hall.
The Imperial FFA plans to host its mud volleyball tournament in the afternoon again, in coordination with the Fun Day.
The Fun Day had been held on July 4 in the past, with fireworks the night before in recent years. It was moved later in the month this year to avoid such a busy schedule for the firefighters around the July 4 holiday. Schultz said they attempted to avoid other conflicts as best they could in rescheduling the Fun Day.