Archive for Wednesday, July 2, 2003

Fireworks display to be part of Fourth celebration

July 2, 2003

Donna Kneedler is hoping Baldwin residents will stay in town and celebrate the Fourth of July by watching this year's Citizen's for Baldwin City fireworks display.

"I feel our fireworks show is just as good, if not better, than other shows. We try to make it better each year," Kneedler, fireworks committee chairperson, said. "Why not stay here?"

This year marks the local organization's fourth annual Independence Day celebration. And, as always, the free festivities include more than fireworks and get underway well before dark.

Events start at 5 p.m. Friday at the ball fields next to the Baldwin High School. Kneedler said there will be several booths set up by local organizations featuring a variety of items to buy, including lemonade, watermelon and barbecued meats.

A dunk tank and free water slide will be set up for use throughout the evening. Free face painting will also be available.

Children's games, which are free, begin at 6 p.m. Kneedler said the games will include a three-legged race, a gunny sack race, a water balloon toss and tug of war. Adults will be invited to join in the tug of war. Prizes will be awarded for each game.

At 7 p.m., the local music group, Music Row, a country/rock band, will perform.

Around 9 p.m., when it is dark enough, Kneedler said the fireworks display will begin. It is expected to last from 45 minutes to an hour. Spectators should bring blankets or lawn chairs.

She encouraged everyone to attend Friday's celebration.

"It gives everybody a chance to get out to see each other," she said. "We want to make it a community event where everyone comes together and has fun."

But a community event of this magnitude doesn't come cheaply. Kneedler said the organization will spend around $3,000 this year, and still needs contributions to pay for everything.

"We're short on money," she said.

Contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 963 in care of CFBC, Baldwin City, KS, 66006.

Anyone with questions about Friday's events can call Kneedler at 594-6466 or Susan England at 594-4896.

Kneedler said CFBC's goal is to make Baldwin's Fourth of July celebrations like they were several years ago.

"We remember what the fireworks used to be like," she said. "That's what we want to bring back."

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