Known for its beautiful displays of fireworks on the water, Salina will thrill sky-gazers Saturday night when the town features its largest ever fireworks display.
The American Legion has spearheaded the Fourth of July celebration for several years, which includes a three-day carnival set up in the Legion parking lot.
“In years past, the American Legion spent $3,000 on fireworks,” Salina Chamber of Commerce Treasurer Gail Fox said. The chamber joined the legion in fundraising efforts for the display a few years ago.
Last year, through chamber events and private donations, the fund increased to $6,000, doubling the size. This year, largely in part to the chamber’s First Annual Lake Hudson 5K Run, the fireworks fund exploded to $11,000, nearly doubling it again.
“After expenses, we stand to make around $8,000 on the 5K Run,” Fox said. “All proceeds go to the fireworks display fund.”
The event made money by sponsorships and other advertising opportunities.
The week kicked off Wednesday, July 3, with the opening of the carnival. The fireworks display is scheduled to begin around 10 p.m. on Saturday night.
DDT Fireworks will light the display from a barge on the south side of the bridge.
Chamber President Roger Johnson said the success of the fundraising was definitely a team effort.
“Salina’s got a lot of wonderful people who really turn out to support the community,” he said. “We provide them with opportunities and the community responds in a big way.”
Several businesses also donated money specifically for the fireworks display.
Grand River Dam Authority gave $1,000; Salina-Spavinaw Telephone and Lake Hudson Association both donated $500 and Taxwise gave $400 toward the event.
Next, the Salina Chamber will host Carl Belew Day and Sixth Annual Car / Bike Show on Aug. 3. For more information on that event, log onto www.salinaoklahoma.com and click on City Celebrations.