Good news for Fourth of July fans: there will be fireworks this year at the Starke County Airport. Fireworks Committee Chairperson Linda Berndt said yesterday that the fireworks are still on. To date, almost $5000 has been collected of the nearly $10,000 cost for the display and other expenses. The fireworks display will take place July 4.
Starke County may be luckier than other locations around the nation, as many cities and towns have cut fireworks for a variety of reasons. The celebrations have been primarily snuffed out due to budget cuts for towns and corporate sponsors.
In Joplin, Mo., where a major tornado struck the town earlier this year, the fireworks display has been canceled because there is too much combustible debris in the area.
In Texas, many of the towns have canceled the displays because of the drought conditions.
The next fundraiser for the Starke County display will be June 23 at the Knox Fire Station. The fundraiser will be a Port-A-Pit chicken dinner.
If you would like to donate to the fireworks fund, drop off or send your donation to the Knox City Hall and mark it for fireworks.