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Ripon bank-rolling $20K for aerial fireworks display
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RIPON – This year’s Fourth of July promises to be bigger and better.

At the Ripon City Council meeting on Tuesday, elected leaders once again paved the way for another pyrotechnic public display to take place in the heart of the city, specifically, Ripon High’s Stouffer Field.

“We will have it again one way or another,” said Mayor Elden ‘Red’ Nutt.

He and his colleagues gave their OK to ink an agreement with Fireworks & Stage FX America, Inc. to do the pyrotechnic display. Cost is $20,000, with half of that amount ($10,000) serving as a deposit and due by May 7.

The remainder of the balance is due 10 days after the display, according to the agreement.

Council member Dean Uecker added that the Fourth of July event is more than just fireworks. He indicated live music along with activities and parade are also part of the community-wide function.

“The Chamber of Commerce has stepped up to make this function bigger, better than last year’s (event),” Uecker said.

A year ago, he and Nutt were among those serving on the committee that returned the Fourth of July celebration from Mistlin Sports Park back to the downtown. With it came the parade along the historic city streets coupled with live entertainment and activities at Ripon Elementary School.

Uecker said the Fourth of July event is still in need of donations.

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