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Monday, May 5, 2014 05:03 pm

And the rockets’ red…never mind

Fireworks show in doubt

Put away your lawn blankets and picnic baskets: Springfield’s biggest and best fireworks show is in jeopardy.

With just one month left until the 53rd incarnation of the annual International Carillon Festival at Washington Park, which has traditionally included the city’s biggest fireworks display, event organizers have secured no money for fireworks. Last year, fireworks cost $7,500, with the money coming from private donors.

“I think it’s been the best fireworks in Springfield,” says Barb Walker, secretary of the Rees Carillon Society that organizes the festival that runs from June 4 through June 8. “It’s too bad that we can’t do it, but it’s hard to come up with $7,500. … Unless we find someone who wants to donate that we don’t know about, I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

The Springfield Park District had paid for the annual show until last year, when the district decided to shift the cost to the private sector via sponsorships. This year, the fireworks had been set to hit the sky on June 6.

Derek Harms, district executive director, said that district officials have their fingers crossed.

“We hope that we can get enough sponsors – it depends on sponsors,” Harms said. “I’m certainly not saying that it’s going to happen regardless. It needs to be sponsorship driven.”

Contact Bruce Rushton at brushton@illinoistimes.com.

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