The club’s annual fireworks display has been cancelled because it could not find a sponsor for the event, which costs between $5,000 and $8,500 for a 15-minute show. Though the display has been a members-only event, the public gathered around the club’s perimeter to view the show, and has now lost the only remaining fireworks display within city limits.
The Yuma (Ariz.) Golf & Country Club confirmed that its annual fireworks display has been cancelled because it could not find a sponsor for the event, the Yuma (Ariz.) Sun reported.
Although the country club provided the annual display as a members-only event, the spectacle could be seen far and wide, drawing people to viewing spots all around the club’s perimeter, the Sun reported.
Club leaders said they were forced to make a hard decision after they could not find a sponsor for the event, the Sun reported.
“The decision to take something away from the community is never an easy one. I really hate to go on the side of fiscal responsibility, but it comes down to the bottom line,” said Ross Farley, General Manager.
The cost to light up the night sky each year ranged from $5,000 to $8,500, the Sun reported.
“That’s for 15 minutes. It’s a lot of money to put up,” Farley said. “It’s not only expensive, but we also have to have insurance and the (display) operator must be licensed and bonded. It seems that all over the community people are stopping doing fireworks now. The fairgrounds used to have them. They stopped.”
Besides the country club’s display, the other big Yuma show was always the display put on at the Yuma County Fairgrounds. That display last lit up the night in 2009, the Sun reported.
“I am sure it’s going to come back. I’m almost positive,” Farley said. “Hopefully our fireworks display won’t disappear like so many events and traditions in our country today.”
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