For the past several years, the Norwalk fireworks show has been funded through donations.
That is the case once again this year.
“It’s a little slow right now,” Mayor Rob Duncan said about donations.
“I’ve gotten the majority of all the letters out,” he added. “This is my sixth year doing this. Dwight Tkach handled the donations before that.”
The mayor said he takes times to visit businesses while talking fireworks.
“I take the opportunity to contact each of the business owners myself,” he said. “I think they appreciate that.”
Duncan said a Norwalk Fourth of July fireworks show costs about $17,000.
“We are little behind where we typically are at this point,” he said.
The fireworks will blast off at dusk on July 4 at the Huron County Fairgrounds.
The mayor said Terry Granneman will return to put on this year’s fireworks. He didn’t do the 2015 show due to a scheduling conflict.
“We’re excited about having Terry Granneman back,” Duncan said. “He puts on an excellent show.”
Duncan said the residents enjoy the fireworks show and the Fourth of July in general.
“Absolutely. I’ve said before there is not another day of the year like it,” he said.
That day begins with the Fourth of July parade.
“This is something that unifies us,” the mayor said. “A lot of it is patriotism. People are very patriotic. They love our country and it’s also a day to reflect on our history.”
Someone wanting to donate can make checks payable to the VFW. The donations are tax-deductible.
“Or, they can drop checks off at city all, made out to the VFW, or mail them to P.O. Box 872, Norwalk, Ohio 44857,” the mayor said.
“Our citizens are great at coming through,” Duncan said. “They enjoy the show and look forward to it every year. The cool thing is, everyone chips in, from businesses to organizations to individuals.”
Years ago, Norwalk used to contribute anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 toward the fireworks.
“We do not,” the mayor said when asked if the city currently has any extra funds to donate.