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July 4 fireworks display draws large crowd, $10,200 in donations


by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - A colorful burst lights up the night sky over Tom McCall Upper Elementary School in Forest Grove July 4 as the annual fireworks display returned to town for a second year.If Fourth of July fireworks shows received report card grades, Forest Grove’s would probably have earned an “A” this year.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 revelers trekked to Tom McCall Upper Elementary School on Pacific Avenue last Thursday to enjoy the weather, picnic dinners and the celebratory pyrotechnics sponsored by the Forest Grove Firefighters Association and put on by Western Display Fireworks of Canby, said Fire Marshal Dave Nemeyer.

Many put their wallets where their enthusiasm was: donations came in at about $10,200, “which is great, because it funds not only this year but the $2,000 we lost last year as well,” Nemeyer said.

“Overall we think the show was a success,” he added. “We learned a lot about how to make it better next year, and we are very grateful for the community support.”

Before the first colorful display hit the night sky around 9:30 p.m., Trask River Redemption put on a free music show for the crowd. Pacific University provided sound equipment and technicians.

This July 4, firefighters “limited the entrance points and controlled them a little better” in order to give attendees a better chance to donate to the cause, said Nemeyer, who added it costs about $8,000 to produce the annual fireworks show, which made a reappearance in 2012 after a 10-year hiatus.

— Nancy Townsley




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