by Martha Quetsch
ELBURNâ€”The Elburn Chamber of Commerce has hosted a fireworks display and Day in the Park each summer since 1997. But this year, the organization will not put on the celebration because of a shortage of sponsorships, Chamber President Bill Brauer said Tuesday.
â€œWe regretfully decided to pull the event. We waited as long as we could, hoping for a last-minute donation,â€ Brauer said.
The chamber needed $15,000 to $20,000 for the fireworks and Day in the Park it had planned for July 5 at Lions Park.
â€œTo have the event, you need that kind of funding, and we weren’t even half-way there,â€ Brauer said.
The Day in the Park typically features entertainment, carnival games and food, followed by the evening fireworks.
Costs are for bands, set-up, sound system, park rental and the fireworks, which is the biggest expense, Brauer said.
Chamber member Leslie Flint said the fireworks already had been scaled back in recent years because of cost. The organization used to spend $20,000 on the display alone.
The economy kept some consistent sponsors from helping out.
â€œThey said they couldn’t do it this year,â€ Brauer said.
Photo: Residents take in the 2007 Day in the Park fireworks display. The event, which has been held for 12 years the Sunday after the 4th of July at Lionâ€™s Park in Elburn, was canceled this year due to lack of funds. File Photo