By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Fireworks displays will fill the sky Saturday night, July 4, with Imperial’s annual fireworks show.
This year’s display will be held at the Chase County fairgrounds and will begin shortly after dark.
Members of the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department (IVFD) will shoot off the display.
Contributions have started coming in but are still far short of the $5,000 goal needed to cover the cost of the $7,500 show.
Thus far, a total of $1,115 has been received as of Wednesday morning. The City of Imperial contributes $2,500 towards the cost of the show.
Individuals, businesses and organizations wishing to contribute toward the show can mail or drop them off at the City Office, P.O. Box 637, Imperial, NE 69033 or The Imperial Republican, P.O. Box 727, Imperial, NE 69033.
Firemen’s Fun Day July 25
In the past, the IVFD has held the Helen Fanning Memorial Fun Day in conjunction with the July 4th holiday.
Last year, they changed the date to later in July and will do so again this year. The date for the 12th annual event is planned for Saturday, July 25.
This year’s Fun Day will be held at Imperial’s Campbell Park from 4-6 p.m., according to chairman Craig Loeffler.
There will be water fights, kids’ water activities, a rope rescue demonstration and equipment displays.
Loeffler said they plan to have their equipment on display, including the new truck they added last year.
Loeffler said the winners of the water fight will get the chance to earn some extra prize money this year.
Since there will not be a mud volleyball tournament this year, he said they have put that prize money into boosting the winnings for the water fight.
Here’s the catch—to get the extra prize money, the winning team will have to defeat a team comprised of IVFD firemen.
The firemen will host a free barbecue featuring hamburgers, hot dogs and roasting ears beginning at 5 p.m.