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Community partnership to bring back July 4th event

POSTED April 12, 2011 10:32 p.m.

The comets, fountains and chrysanthemums will be bursting and blooming in the sky over Turlock come this Fourth of July as the Turlock City Council approved a motion to bring back the popular fireworks show.

The City Council approved a motion for city departments to work in a partnership with the Turlock Chamber of Commerce, the Stanislaus County Fair Board and the Turlock Rural Fire District to stage a pyrotechnics show at the fairgrounds on the Fourth of July.

The partnership needed the City Council’s blessing because the firework show will rely on the city departments, like fire, police and parks and recreation to fill key roles during the celebration.

For decades it was a community-wide tradition to venture out to California State University, Stanislaus and watch the pyrotechnics light up the night sky. But in 2009 the expense of the annual show became too heavy of a burden for the university and they made the announcement to drop the show.

Just when it seemed the skies would be dark for the patriotic holiday, the trio of organizations stepped forward and quickly put together a fireworks show at the fairgrounds, in the hopes of starting a new Turlock tradition. However, it was short-lived because the following year the Fair Board opted to not host the show because the run dates of the fair made it so that the fairgrounds were unavailable.

This year’s festivities would include music, games and food. The event would be free, however, spectators would need a ticket to enter, which will be given out by businesses leading up to the show, free of charge.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.

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