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East Helena Fireworks show funding falls short

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EAST HELENA - The East Helena community and visitors from surrounding areas look forward to the big sky firework show every year to celebrate Independence Day. But fundraising efforts have come a bit short this year.

From sparklers to big booms in the East Helena community every year looks forward to the annual Big Sky firework show on the fourth of July. But fundraising for the event this year isn't doing as well as efforts in the past.

"We hope for about 19 or 20 thousand because it does cost quite a bit to do this," fundraiser organizer Karl Meagher said.

Meagher helps organize the fundraising for the firework extravaganza, and he said they still need about $5,000 to cover the cost for this year's show.

"We are short this year with everything going on," Meagher said. "People just don't have the money to do ante like they did."

In fact, if not enough donations are collected, it could lead to canceling the show next year.

"We're just asking for people to just pitch in what you can," Meagher said. "Your coins, dollars, whatever you can afford...just throw it in there because we want to continue doing this, and if we don't get the money generated then we're gunna have to quit doing it."

Jeff Dougalss and his family have operated a firework stand in East Helena for 32 years, where he says has one of the best views of the show.

"We can watch the fireworks display from right here inside the stand and it's awesome," Douglass said. "The parking lot fills up with people and everyone's having fun..it's a great time."

Douglass said the East Helena fireworks show is a highlight to the community, and it would be devastating if it was canceled.

"It would be a determent if we didn't have this show. Because it's a big deal. It's been going on for years and it good for the community. And it give the people who can't set off fireworks a chance to come and watch fireworks, and watch a great display," Douglass said. 

It's not too late to help. You can donate at the heritage food store in East Helena, or at any Valley Bank to the Prickley Pear Fireworks fund.

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