Lake County Chamber of Commerce Board member Kelly McGarva recently approached Lakeview’s Town Council to discuss funding for this year’s Independence Day fireworks show.
During the Council’s Tuesday, Feb. 25, meeting, McGarva told the council that the Chamber is considering dropping the fireworks show after posting a loss of more than $1,100 in 2013.
McGarva also said that, while not in charge of the board’s decision-making, she feels that the board could likely be persuaded to participate in helping to raise funds for the annual holiday show.
If the local fireworks show falls apart, McGarva said, citizens would most likely travel out to Drews Reservoir for Fourth of July fireworks. She feels that the community needs to see what can be done to continue the fireworks show locally.
Town Mgr. Ray Simms and Mayor Mike Patrick noted that the Town donated $500 to the program last year, and McGarva affirmed that the County also donated $500. The Chamber picked up the balance of the program’s cost, she said.
Historically, a ‘Fill the Boot’ fundraiser has been held in years past, in which local firefighters help solicit donations from passing motorists for the fireworks show in the downtown area.
Councilor Michael Hughes and Mayor Patrick both agreed that such a significant tradition should be preserved.