Craig Fire Board discusses Fourth of July fireworks
Concerns over funding for the annual fireworks display on the Fourth of July ignited the discussion at the Craig Rural Fire Protection District’s monthly board meeting on Thursday night.
The city of Craig and Moffat County have co-sponsored the event in the past, providing $4,000 each. But, like in 2014, they did not allocate any money for the show this year.
Fire Chief KC Hume presented the issue to the Craig Fire Board with hopes that the community can come together to save the show again.
“Last year the community really pulled together and funded the annual Fourth of July fireworks with help from many of the local businesses,” he said.
According to Hume, the only existing money available for the purchase of pyrotechnics is $1,700 left over from last year’s fundraising efforts. The board moved to supplement this fund by turning over a $500 donation that the district had received from Southwestern Energy Alliance.
Chris Nichols, fire board treasurer, said any effort to raise the $8,000 that is typically spent on the show needs to begin immediately.
“We just need to know ASAP what our status is going to be,” he said, noting that there is only so much time to order the fireworks for the show.
As reported in the Craig Daily Press, residents and businesses raised $9,200 in donations last year.
“We wouldn’t have had a show last year if the community didn’t step up,” Nichols said.
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