You did it!
Instead of letting the July 4 skies in Cloquet go dark this year, area organizations rallied in the past week to keep the fireworks tradition alive.
Just in the nick of time.
When the event coordinator received the official word that previous funding had dried up, she wasn’t sure where to turn. At that point, the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee had contributed more to the event than ever before, although their money is slated to pay for much of the rest of the day’s activities. Several area businesses had also given money to support the event as well.
But none of that funding was for the fireworks show.
Thankfully, the Noontime Kiwanis Club came to the rescue late last week and was the first to specifically give toward fireworks. Word traveled from there and the community’s generosity ensured the event will survive another year.
If Cloquet truly wants to keep a celebration of this kind in the city, which seems possible in light of the recent donations, perhaps one of the aforementioned groups or another could consider joining forces with the one volunteer coordinator who – simply out of the goodness of her heart – has devoted untold hours to planning since the Cloquet VFW bowed out of the overall sponsorship in 2003.
It’s also not too late to volunteer for this July 4 – event coordinator Lisa Karulak needs five warm bodies to help from noon to 2 p.m. that day.
In the meantime, pat yourselves on the back when the first fireworks explosion erupts in the sky. Or just give an even heartier ooh and aah!
— Lisa Baumann