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Georgetown weighs Independence Day cut backs

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

Driving into Georgetown you're greeted with American flags on every post along Main Street, but that's only a fraction of the pride that this town feels compared to their Fourth of July celebration.

"We have definitely had that quality of fireworks that have made it very important, and quite famous in this area, too," said Ron Bryant, President of the Scott County Council of the Arts which hosts the event.

Each independence Day, the town shuts down for a parade and ends the night with a fireworks show that lights up the night sky.

"This particular town goes to great lengths to make the Fourth of July special," described Karen LaBach, the parade coordinator.

As for the revealers, like Martha Wells who love the fireworks finale, and the town they may not get as much bang for their buck.

"Money is an issue," stated Bryant.

In years past, Toyota has footed the bill for the fireworks celebration and LaBach says it was a big investment, "$20-thousand for 20 years."

However, that changed in 2011, when Toyota had to cut back to a $5-thousand dollar donation. That left the town looking to local businesses to pick up the tab.

"The fireworks alone is about 20-grand," figured LaBach.

The fireworks will still fly at Brooking Park, on this year's Fourth of July, but because the money is not there the celebration may not be as grand.

"There will be a Fourth of July day celebration. We will do that no matter what," claimed Bryant.

"It will not be several hours, it will be probably 30 minutes," added LaBach.

The celebration is still several thousand dollars shy, but the organizers insist this year's July 4th will not disappoint. Bryant remains hopeful that they can raise the money and avoid any cuts, but he did say the fireworks will still be synchronized to music.

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