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Chat about Fourth of July fireworks with Gary Saathoff

June 28, 2007

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Gary Saathoff

Gary Saathoff is leading the Jaycees' efforts to put on a Fourth of July fireworks show for the community. He'll take your questions about next week's festivities.

Moderator:

Welcome to today's chat, this is your moderator, 6News Director Cody Howard.
Our thanks to Gary for joining us today. We'll begin in just a couple minutes.

Gary Saathoff:

Thanks for having me.

Moderator:

Please give us an overview of what will happen at the July 4 ceremonies?

Gary Saathoff:

The gates to Burcham park will open to the public at 6pm. Live music will start at 6:15 and last until the fireworks start at 9:45.

Gary Saathoff:

There will be food venders and free stuff for the kids.

soiledbrown:

Greetings Gary-
How much if any funds for the fireworks are provided by the city?
Thanks and have a great Fourth!

Gary Saathoff:

The city donated $2000 in cash this year. They also provide all the city services it takes to put on the event.

Moderator:

It had been reported that the usual bus service for the event wouldn't be available, but we're now hearing that that's changed.
What's the status?

Gary Saathoff:

As of this morning there will be buses running between the parking lots down town and the park enterance.

Moderator:

A lot of people around here still have fond memories of the old shows at KU's Memorial Stadium. Any chance the show will be moved back there in the future, or is the riverfront preferable?

Gary Saathoff:

the stadium is too close to the pit where the fireworks are lit to be safe.

scenebooster:

Given the fact that the city is facing a budget shortfall, is spending thousands of dollars on a fireworks display really a wise decision?

Gary Saathoff:

The cities donation this year is smaller than in the past years because of the shortfall. I can not speak for the city but since banning fireworks inside the city limits I think they should do what they can to provide a safe and enjoyable family event.

Moderator:

What are the best spots for viewing? How early should people arrive to have a prime spot?

Gary Saathoff:

The best spot for viewing the fireworks is Burcham Park. I would plan on being there by 7:30 for a good spot.

Moderator:

How many people does it take to put the show together?

Gary Saathoff:

If you count all the people on both sides of the river there are 25-30 Jaycees working the event.

Moderator:

What is your favorite part of the night?

Gary Saathoff:

Hearing the roar of the crowd as the grand finally is going off.

Moderator:

How did you get involved with the display?

Gary Saathoff:

23 years ago I was asked by a friend to be a jaycee. I have been a part of the show ever since.

Moderator:

How long does the show usually last?

Gary Saathoff:

The show will last 40-45 minutes.

Moderator:

Our thanks to Gary for joining us for today's chat. Best of luck with the show on Wednesday.

Gary Saathoff:

Thank you for allowing me to be here. See you at Burcham park on the 4th.

Comments

kmat 7 years, 6 months ago

My only comment is to those that will go to the levee to watch fireworks. Please clean up after yourself!!!!! Every year I go up there on the 5th and can fill tons of trash and recycling bags with all the spent fireworks, food wrappers, cans, etc.... If you love this country and want to celebrate it's birthday, don't litter and leave a huge mess! Have some respect and leave only your footprints.

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