(02/25/14) - The Fourth of July is still a good four and a half months away, but plans are already coming together for the fifty-second annual Bay City Fireworks Festival.
"It's not fireworks weather, but we start now, and try to warm people up this time of year," said Doug Clark, Bay City Fireworks Festival president.
This week, the festival committee is preparing for its biggest fundraiser of the year - Saturday and Sunday's telethon and auction held at Lumber Baron's on Midland Street.
"We welcome folks to come down there and witness a live broadcast. We've got great entertainment all weekend long," Clark said.
The telethon will be broadcast online and on Bay 3 TV.
"We're hoping to raise about $20,000 this weekend, and that's what gives us our kickstart to the season so we have money to pay the bills as we go forward," Clark said.
That financial goal is only a small piece of a rather high priced puzzle.
"The prices aren't going down, we wish they would. Every year, we have to raise close to $300,000 to put this whole event on," Clark said.
This year's festival will be held July 3, 4 and 5, and organizers are working hard to make sure the finale is just a bit more explosive than last year.
"We're working to try and tweak the layout with the construction going on on the west side of the river still. We're trying to tweak our layout so there's a great view, 360 degrees so everyone gets a fantastic view, and some of the tweaks we're trying to do, we think are going to be fantastic and people are going to enjoy," Clark said.
With thousands upon thousands of people turning out every year, the committee is determined to make sure that Bay City continues to have one of the biggest fireworks shows in Michigan.
"It's just amazing the support that we get. That's why we do what we do, so we can enjoy this and celebrate our nation," Clark said.
To watch the telethon online or to make a donation, click HERE.
ABC12 Main Station