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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Harrisburg fireworks show will go on

  • After the announcement last week there could be no funding for a Harrisburg fireworks display, the community has rallied and a fireworks display will happen Saturday, July 5 at the Saline County Fairground.
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  • After the announcement last week there could be no funding for a Harrisburg fireworks display, the community has rallied and a fireworks display will happen Saturday, July 5 at the Saline County Fairground.
    For at least the past 25 years the Town and County Lions Club and the city have agreed to each pay half of the estimated $10,000 display. The Lions Club are experiencing a shortfall in funds and voted their money would be better spent on their charities of providing eyeglasses and other benefits for children in need. The city was unable to fund the fireworks on its own.
    But a rapid fundraising effort Friday, Saturday and Sunday ensured the show will go on.
    “We are going to make it happen,” City Commissioner Dale Fowler said. “I don’t feel like we could not let it happen.”
    Fowler, resident John Okerson and others are meeting Monday to plan the event that they hope can be more than simply fireworks.
    “It’s going to be at the Fairground Saturday, July 5. Now we are just going to try to get with some organizations to provide concessions, someone to sing the National Anthem and try to not let this happen again,” Fowler said.
    The fundraising goal is $10,000
    Tom Folder, owner of Durham’s Hardware, has donated $1,000 and Peoples National Bank and Farmers Bank have each donated $2,000, Fowler said.
    Okerson said up a Web site at http://www.gofundme.com/asj294 to collect donations from individuals with a goal of raising $6,000 for the effort.
    “The event is guaranteed to be funded,” Fowler said.
    Sky Magic Pyrotechnics of Indiana has agreed to put on the display.
    Eldorado Men’s Club holds its fireworks show starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 3.
    Eddyville holds a daylong Independence Day celebration starting with the barbecue sale 10 a.m. Saturday, July 5 with kids games including a frog jumping contest at 6 p.m.

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