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Batavia fireworks show a go, but donations needed

Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 2, 2013 7:19 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – This year’s Fourth of July fireworks show will go on, although organizers still have to raise more funds.

In February, the Batavia Access Fireworks Committee announced it had to raise $50,000 by May 1, or the show would be canceled. The city’s Fourth of July fireworks are funded solely through private donations.

Batavia 4th Ward Alderman Susan Stark, who also is a fireworks committee member, said the show will happen, but the committee was seeking donations.

“The duration and size of the shells will depend on the amount of money raised,” she said. Stark said she didn’t know how much money has been raised to date.

The committee’s largest fundraising effort is this weekend, when it conducts its 20th annual Batavia City-Wide Garage Sale.

Participants pay a $30 registration fee to list their addresses in the garage sales, which then will go toward the Batavia Fireworks Fund.

The sales will be from 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Garage sale maps are available at the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., and the Batavia Park District office, 327 W. Wilson St., and other locations.

The fireworks committee will be collecting donations Sunday during Batavia VFW’s annual Loyalty Day Parade.

Donations may be made by going to the fireworks committee’s website, www.bataviafireworks.org.

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