$8,000 needed



It may not seem like that time of summer already, but the Fourth of July is fastly approaching.



The Chillicothe 4th of July Committee is making preparations for this year’s fireworks show, but a lack of funding leaves the show short about $8,000, according to chairman Steve Maurer.


$8,000 needed

It may not seem like that time of summer already, but the Fourth of July is fastly approaching.

The Chillicothe 4th of July Committee is making preparations for this year’s fireworks show, but a lack of funding leaves the show short about $8,000, according to chairman Steve Maurer.

The goal, he said, is to raise the money by the time fireworks light up the sky.

“If everyone just donated $1, we’d make that,” said Maurer.

Fewer fundraisers and business donations led to the shortage of funds.

The overall goal for the fundraising is $18,000, which is raised each year through donations only. The show begins at dusk and runs about 45 minutes.

Volunteers will take donations at Kroger this weekend, like last weekend, or residents may donate a variety of ways.

Residents may drop change and bills in the firecracker canisters in local businesses.

Checks, payable to the Chillicothe 4th of July, may be sent in care of South Side Bank, P.O. Box 259, Chillicothe, IL 61523 or dropped off at the bank, 917 N. Fourth St.

For the last few years, Chillicothe fireworks returned to the riverfront as in previous decades.

The island where the fireworks are shot off, however, is currently under about 2 feet of water, Maurer said. He is working on a contingency plan if need be.

Also needed are volunteers to collect donations throughout the crowd the night of fireworks. Call Maurer at 274-2129 to sign up.