Donations being sought for fireworks celebrations

Weiser’s fireworks display on the Fourth of July and at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony has been spectacular every year. The cost to put on the shows comes from donations. This past weekend volunteers from the Weiser community fireworks committee held their annual Fireworks Breakfast. Pictured above is Bill Taylor, right, organizer and pyrotechnician with his wife, Ginger. Donations will also be collected along the parade route of the Fiddle parade. Donations may also be made at the City of Weiser office. Photo by Philip A. Janquart
Philip A. Janquart

Firefighters accepting donations for Fourth of July, Christmas

Organizers of the 2023 Fourth of July and Christmas fireworks displays are asking for donations.

 Though the City of Weiser adds funds to the pot every year, more is needed to make sure the show goes off as planned.
Individuals had the opportunity to support the cause on Saturday, June 17 during the annual Fireworks Breakfast Fundraiser, which was held from 8-11 a.m. at the Weiser Elks Lodge.
 Guests were treated to eggs, bacon, pancakes, sausages, and hashbrowns, as well as orange juice and coffee.
 Fireworks organizer and pyrotechnician, Bill Taylor, said the event had a good turnout, with several local civic leaders attending.
 “They always do a great job,” said former Mayor Diana Thomas who came with husband, Mike Thomas, who is president of the local fishing nonprofit group Indianhead Fly Fishers.
 Also in attendance was Weiser Classic Candy owner Patrick Nauman and Elks Exalted Ruler Dick Sullender and wife and local business owner Stephanie.
 “We are a little bit behind,” said Taylor. “I don’t have a total of what we’ve raised, but for this year, we need $6,000. “We did fairly well last year, so if we get close this year, we’ll average out and just downsize next year. The more donations we get, the more we can buy.”
 Taylor and wife, Ginger, as well as fellow organizer Pete Ney, maintain fireworks pyrotechnic certifications.
 The next public opportunity to donate to the cause will be during the Fiddle parade scheduled for Saturday, June 24, which begins at 11 a.m.
 The Weiser Fire District will have a float, with firefighters accepting donations from spectators. Every year, the cost to put on the show goes up, according to Taylor who said it came to $8,500 in 2021 and increased to $10,000 in 2022. This year’s bill is expected to be approximately $12,000.
 Those who won’t be there for the parade, but still want to make a donation can do so by contacting the City of Weiser at (208) 414-1965. Make checks payable to the City of Weiser. The funds will go directly to the Weiser Community Fireworks fund.


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