by Paula Coughlan
ELBURNâ€”Because of public support, the Elburn Chamber of Commerce can once again host its fireworks and Day in the Park at Lions Park, with this summerâ€™s event taking place Sunday, July 11.
The fireworks had run continuously since 1997, but when there was not enough funding in 2009, the chamber could not hold Day in the Park.
This year, the chamber got the word out that the event would not return unless it could raise enough money for the fireworks. People responded generously, attending the chamberâ€™s porkchop fundraisers and donating money in canisters at downtown Elburn businesses. [quote]
â€œThe public was more aware that they wanted it (back) this year,â€ said Day in the Park Committee Chair Leslie Flint.
As a result, the chamber raised most of the $10,000 needed to stage the fireworks and will make up the balance through Day in the Park vendor-booth rentals and parking fees.
New at the event will be a health fair. In addition, a SummerFest sponsored by Dr. David Foss of Vital Chiropractic will feature water balloons, a bubble station, Baggos and corn toss, a magician and balloon artist, face painting, coloring, the Smoke House by the Elburn Fire Department and finger printing. By having a Fun Card stamped by each vendor, kids will receive free popcorn and snow cones and admission to the fun station with a moon jump.
Among the festivalâ€™s food vendors will be Suzieâ€™s Fun Foods and Hillâ€™s Country Store.
Flint said approximately 2,000 people attend the event each year, with people watching the fireworks at the park at dusk and lining the sidewalks to see the show with their neighbors.
Admission at the park is free, with a $5 parking charge.