Future of fireworks looks good

first_imgo Donors contributed more than 500 tickets for the fireworks show for people in need. Most were distributed to local nonprofits, but there were several at each gate. Event staffers gave them out when it was evident that a family couldn’t afford the $7 adult ticket. “One family came to a gate with a glass jar full of change,” said Alishia Topper of the Fort Vancouver National Trust. “We told her people had donated tickets, and it brought her to tears.”Organizers of the Fourth of July fireworks show at Fort Vancouver liked what they saw Sunday night — and it wasn’t just the dazzling display of pyrotechnics.It’s the not-so-dazzling stuff — the nuts and bolts of putting on a major civic event — that will determine the future of the Fourth at the Fort.While a decision on the 2011 show won’t be made for a couple of weeks, things were looking encouraging on Monday morning, said Elson Strahan, president of the Fort Vancouver National Trust.“Unless some dramatic substantial element surprises us, I would feel confident the community can look forward to Independence Day 2011,” Strahan said.Monday morning’s evaluation was a gut-reaction sort of thing, based on anecdotal input. Organizers are still waiting for the attendance figures, as well as other key numbers like expenses and income.last_img

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