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New Market trying to bring bang back for 4th

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

NEW MARKET — New Market officials and a local organization have launched a collaborative effort to bring Independence Day fireworks back to town.

The Rebel Fireworks Association of New Market is selling raffle tickets for an American flag afghan handmade by town resident Evelyn Faulkner. Tickets are $2 each and $5 for three. The association will draw the winner on March 31.

In addition, a committee of residents is working with the town to raise enough money for the fireworks and a daylong family event in the Community Park, both to be held on July 3.

The town stopped holding a fireworks display in 2014 due to its increasing cost.

“Every year it was going up,” Mayor Douglas Bradley said. “It got to be $15,000 to $18,000. We had to cut costs somewhere.”

Peter Hughes, a member of the Fourth of July committee, said the town needs $4,000 by March 1 for a down payment on the show.

“The fireworks company wants us to sign a contract by the end of February,” he said. “We’re trying to figure out what needs to be done.”

About $2,000 has been raised so far. The pyrotechnics cost $8,000 total, according to Bryan Rinker, founder and president of the fireworks association.

In addition to fireworks, a “small-scale event” for families with music, food and games is also in the works, Rinker said.

The fundraising effort has received support from nine local organizations, Rinker said, including The Rotary Club of New Market, American Legion Post 166 and the New Market Area Chamber of Commerce.

Rinker said he started a Facebook page last year to drum up support for bringing back the fireworks show. The page had 819 members as of Monday.

“It started out when people were asking why we didn’t do fireworks anymore,” he said.

Town government is also pitching in to light up Independence Day again.

Bradley said the town would provide $5,000 of in-kind services, including clean-up crews and police patrols, if the celebration is held.

Bradley said the town is asking businesses and residents for contributions toward the celebration. The fireworks association also launched a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign on Feb. 6 with a fundraising goal of $3,000.

Bradley said he wants to bring a summer tradition back to New Market.

“It was always something the town really looked forward to,” he said. “It will be very, very good for the town.”

To buy a raffle ticket, call Rinker at 540-325-5016 or visit the New Market 7-11 at 285 W. Old Cross Road. To donate to the crowdfunding campaign, visit www.gofundme.com and search “Fireworks Fund For 4th Of July Event.”



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