Fireworks funded through Chamber members, sponsor

Friday, June 12, 2009

In response to the financial austerity move by Marshall County's ECD-Tourism Committee that declined to pay for Independence Day fireworks, the Chamber of Commerce here has found another way, so the show will go on.

"We are going ahead with the fire works," Chamber President Chad Fox said on Wednesday afternoon while reporting on a Chamber Board meeting on Monday in the conference room of the Bank of America located on Lewisburg's public square.

"We have been successful in raising enough money from a premier sponsor and a municipality, and chamber board members and members of the chamber," Fox said.

The "8-10 minute show" will be over the Lewisburg Recreation Center on the south side of Mooresville Highway, the Chamber president said.

"The fireworks show will be free," Fox said, noting that the name of the pyrotechnical will be announced later, as will the sponsors.

"If you arrive after the crowning of Miss Marshall, there will be no charge" to enter the Recreation Center property over which the fireworks show will be shot.

Ground zero for the shoot will be from city property, but an exact location of the launches would be established by Lewisburg Fire Department Training Officer Bob Davis.

Fox said, "With the economy - with the state it's in - I feel a lot of folks will stay home and ought to enjoy the fireworks."

Asked for his view of questions on how a fee could be charged for fireworks, a point raised during a recent County Commission committee meeting, Fox said, "There has virtually always been a gate fee" for people who want to participate in, or just observe, the day's events at the Recreation Center where pageants, an art show, and an awards ceremony is held.

Still, fireworks will be in the sky, although the best view will be from near the outdoor swimming pool at the Recreation Center, Fox indicated. People arriving just prior to the show at nightfall won't be charged to get on to the city property.