The Big Bang Rockfest in April rocked Pittsburg’s annual fireworks budget to the tune of $10,600, more than doubling the total raised by the event the year before.
However, other donations have been slower to arrive, and with the fireworks order deadline quickly approaching this year’s show is looking smaller than usual.
Kim Vogel, director of parks and recreation, said the final budget for the show will be approved by the City of Pittsburg at its June 25 meeting.
“Right now, our contract for fireworks is looking like about $15,000,” Vogel said, adding that the show’s budget generally has been more in the range of $20,000.
“The majority of that came from the Big Bang Rockfest,” she said, adding that that effort was very much appreciated.
“A big thanks to those who worked on that,” Vogel said. “A big thanks to Jon Bartlow and Larry Douglas and the venues that helped host.”
She said Jake’s Fireworks also has tended to assist with the show, and other area individuals and corporations have made pledges and donations.
“We’re still getting some donations, however, the fireworks need to go on the agenda for the 24th, so we do need a contract for the agenda,” Vogel said.
She said an initial request is due today, but won’t be set in stone until the city council votes to approve it.
“We could probably amend it right up until the meeting next week,” she added.
“Really, we’re just encouraging people to still donate to the show,” Vogel said. “The easiest way is through the Southeast Kansas Community Foundation. They are set up to take donations online and they (donors) just have to choose the fireworks fund.”
Vogel said any donations received following the cutoff will be saved and used for the 2014 show, which also will get a jump start this year from one of the new activities slated for this year’s event.
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Some of the funds raised at a beer garden, which will take place at the tennis courts at the Four Oaks Golf Course, will be applied toward fireworks next year.
The beer garden, a sand volleyball tournament, a youth disc golf clinic, dodgeball and ladder golf tournaments and more have been added to the already big slate of Fourth of July events.
Other added highlights for the week include a carnival that will run Wednesday through Saturday, a hole-in-one contest that will benefit the Everybody Plays playground with the opportunity to win a vehicle from Jay Hatfield, and an open mic night and the second round of the Texaco Country Showdown.
This is in addition to Fourth favorites including the free swim at the aquatic center, tennis and disc golf events and the baby contest.