Now in its 43rd year, the Crosslake fireworks have the potential to be better than ever, following an anonymous donation of $5,000.
The fireworks cost $10,000 annually. The city provides $5,000 in funding, and the rest is raised through a community effort driven by a committee of residents and business owners, along with the chamber of commerce.
Mayor Darrell Schneider said at the Monday, April 8, council meeting that the donor, who is anonymous “for now,” asked that the donation be used to expand the fireworks, though not out of any displeasure with the event.
Schneider proposed that the city extend the offer to the donor to choose how to expand the fireworks once the donor comes into town for the summer.
Pat Netko, owner of Lake Country Crafts and Cones and one of the individuals spearheading the fireworks effort, had many people to thank for their efforts in raising fireworks funds.
Cindy Myogeto, of the chamber of commerce, said the city is a couple thousand dollars short of its $5,000 goal of fundraising. While the city donates $5,000, and the anonymous donation adds another $5,000, fundraising will continue.
Donations can be made to the Parks and Library (PAL) Foundation, a non-profit, and are tax deductible.
This year the fireworks will be Saturday, July 6, at dusk.