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Village seeks July Fourth volunteers

SPRING GROVE – After a close call last year, things are looking up for this year’s Fourth of July celebration in Spring Grove.

The village nearly canceled last year’s show because of a lack of volunteers and funds.

The Fourth of July Committee is seeking volunteers now as it steps up fundraising and planning for the village’s biggest event, Trustee Pat Mazzanti said.He is president of the committee, which is independent of the village.

“The good news is, unlike last year, we have a good core of volunteers back,” Mazzanti said.

The committee had its first meeting in January and has an organizational meeting for volunteers planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Village Hall, 7401 Meyer Road.

Those who can’t attend can call Mazzanti at 815-353-2268.

Volunteers are needed, in particular, to help with parking and as bartenders, Mazzanti said.

The hours are flexible, and even if people want the holiday off, they still can help with preparation, the day-before setup and the day-after teardown.

More than 2,000 people attend Spring Grove’s annual celebration at Horse Fair Park.

Festivities include a parade, music, food and games run by local organizations, which benefit from either a Fourth of July Committee donation or earn proceeds from their booth. Volunteers are brainstorming a parade theme and looking for a grand marshal.

The committee also is responsible for raising the $20,000 necessary to put on the fireworks display. Their goal is to make the fireworks even better in the coming years, Mazzanti said.

“We want to make this the premier fireworks event in the northern suburbs,” he said.

To raise funds, 300 raffle tickets, at $100 each, are being sold at Village Hall.

Participants have a one-in-20 chance of winning something. First prize is $10,000 cash.

The drawing will be at a party and fundraiser about 6 p.m. March 9 at Tommy’s Sports Pub, 2020 Route 12, Spring Grove.

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