Fireworks to grace sky once again … donations needed
Plans are falling together nicely for the community-wide fireworks display July Fourth. Fundraising still isn't.
"First, I'd like to thank everyone who has already made a donation," said Sheri Caldwell, who is heading up the effort by the group Community Fireworks Display which took over this year from the Citizens for Baldwin City which had run it in the past. Without them, we couldn't do this. But, we do still need funding."
"We would like to raise conservatively $2,500 prior to the Fourth," said Caldwell. "We are trying to get two individuals licensed to be able to do the shoots. This requires them actually doing shoots as well as testing.
"We would also like to build 'racks' to place the mortars in for electronic shoots," she said. "These would be re-useable for a number of years and, most importantly, save us from having to dig holes, etc., which in turn means a safer shoot."
The new group is aiming to make improvements to the annual event. Safety is one of them.
"We are trying to build a safer and easier holiday for the volunteers and the fire department," said Caldwell. "The citizens will be the ones who ultimately benefit. We will be able to provide a beautiful display and do it as safely as possible."
Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in contributing to the fireworks display can do so at the Baldwin State Bank and Reece and Nichols Real Estate. For next year, the group has different fundraising plans.
"We also have some ideas for fundraising through the year," she said. "We have discovered that the earlier we order, the bigger the discount. So, in reality, we need to place our order by the end of February."
The fireworks, which are the feature item of the Fourth celebration, aren't the only activity that day. Beginning at noon at the Baldwin City Municipal Swimming Pool will be a free pool party with free hot dogs, games, prizes and a disc jockey. It lasts until 4 p.m. and will go rain or shine, unless lightning gets involved.
From there, the venue changes to the ball fields north of Baldwin High School.
"The children's playground is open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.," said Caldwell. "Come out early and enjoy the day -- picnic with the family in a fun environment.
"We will be selling those light up necklaces for the children or whoever wants them to be 'seen in the dark,'" she said. "Also, buttons will be sold to celebrate the occasion. We are also having a raffle with a lot of really great items. The DJ will be playing from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for everybody's enjoyment."
But, it's not all fun and games.
"Bring a non-perishable food item for the local food pantry," said Caldwell. "We are also trying to give back to the community."
The fireworks will be on display beginning at dusk and will last about an hour.