Fundraising efforts for the Starke County fireworks celebration have paid off, as a total of $6499.20 has been raised thus far for the event. Knox Mayor Rick Chambers says the cost of fireworks came out to roughly $7800, and the remaining $1300 is expected to be made up by gate fees.
Donations provided $3696 toward the celebration, and two fundraisers nearly doubled that amount. The port-a-pit chicken fundraiser raised $1533, and the fish fry raised another $1044.50. The remaining $225 came from vendor fees at the airport.
Chambers has confirmed that the Starke County fireworks celebration on Wednesday, July 4 will take place at the Starke County Airport, and he encourages residents to get to the airport early to enjoy demonstrations from the Starke County Amateur Radio Club as well as a remote control plane club. Food and souvenirs will be available from several vendors, and the gate opens at 6 p.m. with the firework show to begin at dusk.
Starke County Commissioner Kathy Norem said that even if the county’s burn ban is extended past July 2 and the allowance for the use of fireworks is rescinded, there will be an exemption for the county fireworks celebration as it is attended by the fire department and response is immediate.