Partners begins work on 2018 fireworks display


FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Partners is gearing up for its annual Fourth of July fireworks presentation and this year is looking for $20,000 to help give Fort Madison a spectacular holiday display.

This year marks the tenth year that Partners, the combined efforts of the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, Main Street, and FMSIRRC, will coordinate the event. Partners Executive director, Tim Gobble said the group is excited to continue to offer the area’s finest fireworks show as it reflects off the mighty Mississippi.

“And, yes, the fireworks will once again be shot off from Riverview Park, allowing the community to enjoy a wonderful display right on the river,” he said.

Approximately $20,000 is needed each year just for the fireworks alone, not counting any additional event expenses.

“It takes the work of many to create this spectacular celebration, and we are hopeful that you will be able to help by making a financial contribution. The fireworks display depends on this type of support, and we are asking you to make your contribution, no matter how big or small. We encourage each individual or business to please consider contributing to help make 2018’s fireworks display the best it can be.,” Gobble said.

Please send or drop off your contribution to:
Fort Madison Partners
P.O. Box 277
614 9th Street
Fort Madison, IA 52627

All contributions of $1,000 or more will be featured with a photo in the Daily Democrat and Pen City Current and a listing of all contributors will be mentioned in a final Thank You.
This year’s firework display is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, July 4th in Riverview Park (weather permitting as well as seasonal flooding of the park which would cause the event will be rescheduled). There will be a rain date, should we need it, for July 5th.

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  1. ONE MONTH before a 4th of July fireworks display should happen, the “Partners” begin raising funds? When is this town going to figure out that Tim Gobble obviously doesn’t have a clue on what it takes to do the multiple jobs needed to run this “Partnership”? The Farmer’s Market has something like 6 booths? Iowa alone has a ridiculous abundance of craft breweries but very few participate in the Barley Hops? The lighted parade hasn’t seen more than one new float each year for how many years? How many businesses are sitting empty downtown because the leases are too high and the people of this town cannot get funding to start those businesses, nor do they have the right assistance in helping them learn how to run a business?

    How is it that Fort Madison is the one town in this area that is not growing, developing new and interesting events and programs, and when it does, it’s because ONE person, a private citizen, starts the process, not the city and its minions?

    Honestly, what will it take to make this heads of this town figure it out…when we have no industry, even worse educational opportunities, fewer livable wage paying jobs, or maybe when it does become the ghost town? At least with that, they MIGHT get the tourism they seem to think is going to be the moneymaker for Fort Madison.

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