A fireworks show will once again be held this year at the Highland County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Scott Lewis of Lewis Financial Group said this week that thanks again to local businesses, the city of Hillsboro and the fair board, the fireworks display will be held at the fairgrounds at dusk on Sunday, July 2.
The fireworks show will be held at the truck pull track at the fairgrounds, which provides for hillside seating, along with parking at the fairgrounds. The show is free to the public.
Lewis said that while sponsors have come on board, more donations are needed to completely cover the roughly $12,000 needed for the fireworks, security and other costs.
The city is providing $5,000, said Lewis. Other sponsors so far include Classic Real Estate, Brad Williams Farms, Merchants Bank, Barrera Garage, T&S Mechanical, Turner Funeral Home, First State Bank, Bear Mechanical, Frog Blasters International, Haag Motors, Chris Lewis CPA of Lewis Financial Group, Miller Mason Paving, Weastec and Cork Equipment & Services.
The well-known Rozzi Fireworks company will provide the display. Also involved will be 4-Hers who will help with the show and receive a part of the proceeds.
In years past, annual fireworks were held at the old Hillsboro High School football field, and then a couple of years at Liberty Park. But the tradition fell by the wayside until last year, and Lewis and others are working to keep it an annual event.
Individuals or businesses that would like to become involved in this year’s event or future displays can contact Lewis at 937-393-4227.
The July 2 fireworks will mean local residents can watch fireworks shows on two consecutive nights. As reported previously, the Rocky Fork Community Alliance will again provide a fireworks display on Saturday, July 1, launched from the South Beach area and best viewed from North Beach.
Starting at 5 p.m. at North Beach, the RFCA will serve free hot dogs, chips, cookies and water. There will be deejay music that will continue through the fireworks, face painting for the kids, and the Highland County Veterans Honor Guard will perform a flag-raising ceremony.
Reach Gary Abernathy at 937-393-3456 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.