If Kimberley is going to be able to put on a big fireworks show on July 1, more funds have to be raised, says Carol Fergus from the Kimberley Arts Council, First Saturdays committee.
The Kimberley Chamber, along with the First Saturdays committee — July 1 just happens to fall on a Saturday this year — are planning a big party to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.
A part of July 1 that’s enjoyed coast to coast is fireworks. Kimberley has not had a fireworks show on July 1 for a number of years, but in honour of the 150th birthday, it was decided to produce one this year.
Chamber Manager Miike Guarnery has already met with a pyrotech specialist and with the city’s Fire Chief and has been given the go ahead, provided there are no fire restrictions at the time. The alternate plan, should a ban be in place, would be to store the fireworks until the Oktoberfest First Saturday.
But fireworks cost money. Fergus estimates about $8000 is needed to produce the show. And it has to be raised by June 11 in order to order the fireworks.
Some money has been received through federal grants available to help with July 1 celebrations this year, and a Go Fund Me page has been set up to raise the rest — about $5500.
If you would like to see a fireworks show this July 1 in Kimberley, the hope is that enough Kimberley residents will donate $20 or so through the Go Fund Me page. Just go to https://www.gofundme.com/Kimberley-fireworks to make your donation.