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Ripon fireworks fundraising effort is still $3,000 short

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POSTED June 22, 2011 1:09 a.m.

p { margin-bottom: 0.08in; } RIPON — The City of Ripon is nearing its fundraising goal for the Fourth of July.

City Councilman Dean Uecker gave his up-to-date report for the community event at Tuesday’s meeting.

“Right now, we’re over $22,000 (for the fireworks show),” he said. “Our goal is $25,000.”

Not included is the fundraising effort taking place at the local Save Mart store, Uecker noted.

In any event, the Ripon Independence Day event will go on as planned, kicking off at 6 p.m. with the first-ever Arch to Arch parade along the downtown street, from Stockton Street to Main Street.

Those taking part will ride in decorated bikes, wheel chairs, scooters, wagons, and skateboards.

Plans also call for Ripon Elementary – the Ripon Unified school board gave its OK last week to waive the facility-use fee – to serve as the family-fun center, equipped with bounce houses and food vendors for dinner options.

The elementary school, in addition, will have lawn seating for the fireworks show at Ripon High. The pyrotechnics will be fired off from Stouffer Field.

In recent years, the community fireworks show was held at Mistlin Sports Park.

Uecker and members of the Fireworks Committee worked hard to bring back the Fourth of July event to RHS and the downtown area.

Donations are still being accepted.

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