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No bucks may mean no bang for fireworks show

March 15, 2013

The Blackfoot Chamber is seeking donations and ideas to help keep the annual 4th of July fireworks show at Jensen Grove going.
"For many years, the Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce has has graciously sponsored the free 4th of July fireworks at Jensen Grove," said Tish Dahmen, the chamber's executive director. "The community has come to love and expect it; however, funding it is becoming increasingly difficult each year."
Dahmen said that through the years, the $10,000 firework show has been paid for by the Chamber and the generous donations of local businesses.
"Sadly, as the economy has declined, donations have declined, and we [the Chamber] are left paying a lot of out of pocket expenses. We don't want to have to look at charging for the fireworks show, but this is a very serious problem. We need a way to pay for this without harming our budget. "
"We're also competing against the bigger fireworks shows in Pocatello and Idaho Falls so we'd like to have a great event to go along with the fireworks." she added.
Dahmen said that the Chamber board has teamed up with the City of Blackfoot Pride Days Committee to generate some new ideas for the 4th of July celebration.
"One idea is to give Pride Days vendors the opportunity to set up a day early on the 4th (with Pride Days following on July 5-7)," Dahmen said.
Other options include finding another entity to take over the fireworks or possibly doing away with them all together.
"It has been an honor to offer the firework show to the community each year, but we can't continue to run a deficit; if we can't fund it...we can't fund it," Dahmen concluded.
Dahmen urges Chamber and community members to help with firework donations and to share ideas on how to make Blackfoot's July 4th celebration a success.
Dahmen can be reached at 208-785-0510 or by email at chamber@blackfootchamber.org.

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