Donations needed for fireworks

Daily Clarion/Michael Cateirna

Right: A firework explodes during the 2012 fireworks at the Gibson County Fairgrounds. Donations are needed for the the 2015 show. 

PRINCETON—A long-standing tradition of celebrating Independence Day with a free public fireworks display is an expensive undertaking, says organizer Nick Michas.

The event begins at dark on July 4 at the Gibson County Fairgrounds, the day before the fair opens this season. Gates open at 6 p.m. 

Admission is free, although there’s a $2 per vehicle parking fee for those who choose to drive to the venue. Concessions will be available.

The show includes a grand finale display in front of the grandstand.

No personal fireworks are allowed on the fairgrounds property, and police will be patrolling the grounds to enforce the ban, said Michas.

Michas, a member of Princeton Area Betterment, which makes the annual Fourth of July fireworks show happen each year, says donations are down this year, but the show will go on.

It takes about $12,000 to cover the cost of the pyrotechnic event, he estimated.

“It’s really tough,” Michas admitted of this year’s fundraising effort.

Donations can be mailed to PAB in care of Nick Michas at 2651 East Top Hat Road, Princeton IN 47670. Donors can contact Michas at 812-664-7455 for more information.

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