Next week’s July 4th celebration is shaping up to be the best fireworks show yet, but organizers are still looking for volunteers and donations.
Assemblyman John Ellison, R-Elko, one of the lead organizers of the event, said the show will be bigger than those in the past.
“It’s a $65,000 show,” he said. “We have stuff that’s never been seen except a couple of times in the U.S.”
Ellison said the show is popular with people from outside the state.
He said one family bought seven boxes, for a total of 42 seats. People who have already bought tickets come from all over the West, including Utah, California, Oregon and Idaho, Ellison said.
“It takes us about nine months by the time we start designing,” Ellison said. “The last two months are a crucial time to get things sold.”
The fireworks, set off by Fireworks West out of Salt Lake City, will include 22,000 rounds choreographed to music, which will air on KELK and KLKO radio stations.
“We will have twisters and spinners in the show that I have never seen,” Ellison said.
The pyrotechnics will include flares and other fireworks that look like silver and gold fountains. Ellison said if people aren’t at the fairgrounds, they won’t see these smaller showers of light.
The program before the light show includes patriotic songs, comments from Ellison, U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei, and a representative of Sen. Dean Heller. There also will be a “missing man” tribute from POW/MIA members and a candlelight vigil right before the fireworks.
“The candlelight vigil is a guiding light to our troops to find their way home,” Ellison said.
There are a few boxes left, which seat six, and some tables. A box or table costs $125.
The fireworks exhibition is 90 percent funded by the people who attend, Ellison said. The rest is paid for through donations. The largest donors so far are the Red Lion Hotel & Casino, $5,000; and the Stockmen’s Hotel and Casino and the Commercial Casino, $5,000.
Barrick Gold of North America also made a commitment of $2,500, Ellison said. Gold Dust West will provide the concessions for the VIPs.
The City of Elko also donates $5,000 to the show.
Those who want to sit in the stands can sit for free, but Ellison said the suggested donation for bleacher seats is $2 an adult and $1 a child.
“If you don’t have money you can still come on in,” Ellison said. “Reno is $28 a person, period, and they have half the show we do. We do not turn anybody away. It is not about the money, but we can use any donations we can get.”
Despite his busy schedule representing constituents, Ellison continues to work hard at improving Elko’s Fourth of July celebration each and every year.
Those who would like to donate or buy box seats should call Ellison Electric at 738-6284.
Members of the Elko Daily Free Press editorial board are John Pfeifer, Jeffry Mullins and Marianne Kobak McKown.