GREENSBURG — The Decatur County Parks and Recreation Department needs donations to continue holding the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration at the Decatur County Fairgrounds.

In a letter, Decatur County Parks and Recreation Department Superintendent Robert Barker said, “In light of recent budget cuts over the past two years, we will be forced to consider cancelling future displays unless the entire amount can be raised to cover the cost this year. There simply aren’t enough funds to cover the expense as we struggle just to meet the financial obligations of our basic operating costs.”

Barker told the Daily News that the fireworks display has been occurring yearly since he took a job at the department 45 years ago, but has been an annual event for probably 50 years. The superintendent also made sure to remind residents that it makes for a great night out with the family and will not break the bank.

The cost for this year’s display is $6,500.

“Volunteer donations are not only appreciated, but are needed in order for us to continue to provide this popular community event,” Barker said. “If you are a past donor, we would like to thank you for your continued support.”

The fireworks display is expected to begin between 9:45 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Monday, July 3, at the Decatur County Fairgrounds. However, residents usually begin parking and preparing for the show at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The department is also looking for volunteers. Barker said they would appreciate any assistance.

Residents can make donations or register to volunteer by calling the Parks and Recreation Department at 812-663-8284, or by visiting their 402 E. North Street location. Donations for the Fourth of July celebration will also be accepted at the event.

— Daily News

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