The Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce has given notice to the village that the chamber will no longer fund Sunbury’s annual fireworks display.
Parks and safety committee member and Village Council member Scott Weatherby made the announcement during the Aug. 5 Village Council meeting.
Traditionally, the $1 entry fee into the Sunbury Independence Day flea market on the square has gone to fund fireworks. In a good-weather year with high attendance, the flea market generates $4,000 to $5,000.
A typical Sunbury fireworks display costs $8,000 or more, including a $1,700 liability insurance fee. This year the village donated $1,500 to help pay for the display; the chamber made up the deficit.
“The Chamber of Commerce has run in the red paying for fireworks,” Weatherby said. “Most villages and towns fund their community fireworks. We will have to plan for that, or the fireworks will go away.”
Weatherby said parks committee members would look for grant money and report back to council.
“We have to figure out who’s going to fund fireworks each year,” Weatherby added. “The impetus is on us now.”
In other business, council members approved a motion to hold the Sunbury Fall Fest from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18. Fall Fest will be co-hosted by Sunbury Nazarene Church.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093