Fireworks need additional funding

By on June 22, 2011

By: TODD RUTH Review Sports Editor truth.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer

A community tradition needs your help.

With less than two weeks to go, the annual Ephrata fireworks show needs additional funding to get off the ground.

According to event organizer Dave Lloyd, cost of the show is $15,000. And even with generous sponsorships from Ephrata National Bank, Borough of Ephrata and Weinhold Nickel & Co., he still is in need of a little more.

"We are about $1,600 down," Lloyd said Monday. "We were that way last year at this point and some people came through. It’s just that some of our sponsorships didn’t renew and I think their (absence) represents that dollar amount."

Anyone wishing to make a donation in any dollar amount should contact Lloyd at: dlloyd@ephratarec.com or 738-1167.

The spectacular free fireworks show is set to go off at 9:30 p.m. on Monday, July 4, from current location behind the Ephrata Middle School, where it has been since moving from War Memorial Field 12 years ago.

Lloyd said the response over the years has been a positive one since moving the show to its current location.

"When we look back we see how time flies, and man it’s hard to believe it’s been 12 years," Lloyd said. "We get a lot of positive feedback on it. You know, the real factor why we moved it in the first place was the safety factor down at the War. The drop zones were just scary from the Cloisters to the playhouse. And the fact that over the years the safety zones have gotten bigger…But we’ve had a great response since we moved it."

An interesting twist this year is the fact that Ephrata will be the only area fireworks display to be actually held on the Fourth of July. Lititz, the area’s other big show, has decided to hold theirs on Saturday, July 2.

"I think we are probably going to see some more people because of that," Lloyd said. "It’s funny. I just got hit yesterday working here at the Rec. Somebody came up at the front desk and I just happened to be there and it was like, ‘when are the fireworks?’ I said it’s Monday. They were like, ‘Why don’t you have it over the weekend so we can party…’ There are a lot of parties set up over the weekend. With it being Monday people say, ‘Well we have to go to work the next day.’ But we are traditionalists. We like to go on the holiday." More FIREWORKS, page A6

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