Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Primed to celebrate Fourth with a bang
Committee raises enough for fireworks

by Steve Targo

June 30, 2011

Bloomfield — Let there be fireworks in the town this Fourth of July.

A few months ago, it was in question whether the town would have enough money for the display this year. But the town’s Parks, Lakes and Recreation Committee raised enough funds for this crowd-pleasing part of the town’s traditional holiday celebration.

During a June 22 telephone interview, Bloomfield Town Chairman Ken Monroe sounded pleased.

“Of course I’m always in favor of the fireworks because that’s how we celebrate our country,” Monroe said. “To me, that’s what the Fourth of July is all about, and fireworks are just part of the celebration, at least that’s how I’ve always celebrated it.”

On Monday, committee member Rich Olenoski said more than $4,000 was raised with an “advertising book,” which really is a program for the holiday’s celebration itinerary with ad space. Collection jars were also set up in area businesses.

Olenoski said he believes the fundraising was successful because many people were concerned the town wouldn’t have the fireworks.

“People would tell me, every year, Pell Lake gives the best fireworks show around,” he said. “People come out here from all over.”

Olenoski said it was a “save the fireworks” type of campaign, and its progress was charted on a sign he placed near the Pell Lake Beach. He said the area taverns also developed a sense of competition about it.

Each week, how much was collected in each jar was posted throughout town. The advertising was more successful than in the past. Olenoski said this year’s program book will take up 38 pages.

“We are very happy now because, if we didn’t have the fireworks, we’d have a lot of people with disappointed children around here,” he said.

Last month, Monroe said the fireworks display already was in the budget for this year. However, earlier this year, a display was in question.

Now, it appears future Fourth of July fireworks displays will depend on the success of the committee’s fundraising techniques.

Both Olenoski and Monroe don’t seem too worried.

“Personally, I feel very confident we’re going to still have fireworks (providing) the Parks, Lakes and Recreation Committee gives people the incentive,” Olenoski said.

Monroe said this year’s fundraising offsets the cost set aside in the town’s budget. Next year, the fundraising likely will pay the entire bill.

“But if we can get the outpouring of donations we did this year, I really don’t see why we wouldn’t be able to pay for it,” he said.

More than fireworks

But the fireworks display at dusk over Pell Lake near The Big House is just the end of the plans for a fun-filled Fourth of July in Bloomfield.

According to Monroe, the other two holiday mainstays — the parade and Town Hall party — are on tap with no surprises.

The parade lineup begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Pell Lake Beach. The parade kicks off at noon, and Monroe said he plans to fire his Civil War-era replica cannon as usual to signal when it starts.

One of the area’s longest parades travels from the beach down Lake Shore Drive to Clover Road. It ends at the Bloomfield Town Hall, N1100 Town Hall Road.

Monroe said “anybody and everybody” can be in the parade. For more information, call him at (262) 279-5980.

Olenoski said the Town Hall party will feature crafters, a Scooby-Doo Bouncy House and a variety of food and refreshments, including Kettle Corn, lemonade and Sno-cones.

The Pell Lake Property Owners Association will cook hot dogs and brats at the party.