By Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved fireworks. To me, the annual fireworks show always made the Fourth of July something special.
Over the past 10 years or so, great strides have been made to enhance and enlarge the annual fireworks show in Imperial.
I can remember when the annual budget for the show was the $1,500 the city contributed and that was it. People got behind a successful effort to enlarge the show. We can be proud of the annual show we put on here.
The annual budget for the fireworks show is now $7,500. The City of Imperial contributes $2,500 towards the show and donations cover the rest.
Like a lot of other things, we have come to take the annual fireworks show for granted.
When the push was started to increase the size of the show, enthusiasm abounded. There were more than enough donations that came in to cover the cost.
Any extra funds were added to make the following year’s show bigger than the last.
However, the last two years, donations have fallen short of the $5,000 goal. Let’s change that this year.
Imperial has always been a can-do community. Let’s show that can-do spirit by making a donation to this year’s fireworks fund, whether it be $1, $5, $10, $100 or even more.
By doing so, we can take pride in knowing that we helped create a 4th of July fireworks show that we’ll look forward to year after year after year.
Imperial has a tradition of always doing it right, no matter what the project is. Let’s do the same for our 4th of July fireworks show!
Individuals, businesses and organizations wishing to make contributions towards the show can mail or drop them off at the City Office, P.O. Box 637, Imperial, NE 69033 or The Imperial Republican, P.O. Box 727, Imperial, NE 69033.