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Fireworks a fizzle?
The Kingston Fourth of July fireworks show is "hurtin' for certain," said Port Commissioner Pete DeBoer.
For the past four years the S'Klallam Tribe's Point Casino has fully funded the entire fireworks show to the tune of $11,500.
This year the Point isn't able to provide the $11,500, but will still donate $2,500. Also the barge the fireworks are shot from costs $3,000 and there are a number of additional rental expenses necessary to pull off the weekend's happenings: portable toilets, stage equipment, security.
To date about $6,000 has been donated for the fireworks, and DeBoer said some checks for $20 and $50 are coming in, and if enough of those checks are written it really adds up.
But time is of the essence, as DeBoer has already signed a contract with the fireworks vendor. However, he said the contract has always been signed before all the money has been collected, and there is the option to cancel the order by mid-June.
"We don't even want to go there," DeBoer said of the cancellation clause. "We need to rally the people of Kingston to support this."
Next week Fourth of July buttons will be on sale for $2.
The theme for Kingston's 2009 Fourth of July celebration is taken from President Obama's Inauguration speech: "Enduring Spirit."
Donations may be made by mailing a check payable to "Kingston Fourth of July" to P.O. Box 1505 Kingston, WA 98346 or call DeBoer at 360-649-1806.