I hold an annual Fourth of July celebration at my hillside home in Central Point, and I was wondering whether there will be fireworks at the Jackson County Expo.
I've heard so much about the Expo's budget issues, and I'm afraid the celebration won't happen this year. If it doesn't, it will be a real disappointment to my family and friends. The fireworks display is the highlight of our party.
— Ann S., Central Point
Party on, Ann. You and your guests can rest easy — and drink beer, eat hot dogs and make s'mores. Best of all, y'all will also be able to Ooh! and Aaaah! whilst watching the fireworks.
Thanks to the generous folks at the Medford Chamber of Commerce, the city of Central Point and a few big-hearted donors, the show will go on, says Dave Koellermeier, Expo manager.
Koellermeier said the details for "one of the largest fireworks shows on the West Coast" were hammered out at a meeting Friday.
"This really is a spectacular event, and we're happy to host it," he added.
Those unfortunate souls not invited to Ann's party — like us — can attend the $30,000 event for free. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the show ends at 10:15, Koellermeier said.
Koellermeier hinted at "surprise" entertainment and openly copped to the fact that the Oregon National Guard will be in attendance. Rumor has it that the fireworks will begin around 9:45. But you didn't hear it from us. Or from Koellermeier.
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