Lions Cancel Leadville Fireworks
Today at their regular weekly meeting, the Leadville Lions Club voted to CANCEL the Tony Hren Memorial July 4th Fireworks this year. Tinder-dry conditions and a statewide burn ban prompted the civic group’s Board of Directors to discuss the situation with local emergency responders and make an on-site assessment of conditions earlier this week.
“In the best interest of safety, the board recommends that the (Lions) Club cancel the fireworks,” announced Lion Safety Officer Don Ferrie during today’s lunch gathering. After some discussion, the issue was put to a vote, resulting in an unanimous consensus to cancel the fireworks display for this year. “I think we made the right decision,” said Ferrie.
Of course, discussion always prompts questions, so here are some answers:
What if conditions change and we all of a sudden get a lot of rain?
Keep in mind, these type of events don’t just happen. The Lion organizers have to put in their order far in advance. So this week, before the truck load of fireworks was put in transport, the board had to gauge the situation. Too dry! So the order was “canceled” – well at least those fireworks aren’t going to be stored in a local shed somewhere!
So what happens to all that money collected for this year’s fireworks?
The Leadville Lions Club has collected $8,000 towards this year’s fireworks display, not including the cash donations in the numerous jars around town – which will now be collected since the event has been canceled. Lions Club Treasurer Carol Glenn explained that anyone who donated to the fireworks display can be assured that their donations will be carried over to next year’s display or if they prefer to have their donation returned, contact Lion Carol at 719-486-1409.
Have the fireworks ever been canceled before? How long have the Lions been doing it?
“From as far back as I can remember,” recalled Lion John Cirullo, “at least since the 70s.” Cirullo also recalled that the Lions had to cancel the event back in 1992 when the state was experiencing similar drought conditions, noting that things are “even worse than that this year.”
Also for those who may not know who Tony Hren is – the fireworks display is named in his honor – he was the former owner of Sayer McKee Drug Store, a Lion and an avid organizer/supporter of the fireworks display. Hren passed away in 2000 and the following year the annual fireworks display was re-named in his honor.
So what’s happening in Leadville on 4th of July?
Well, there’s still lots of fun things to do in town on Wednesday, July 4th. There’s the parade which starts at 10 a.m. Sponsored by the Leadville/Lake County Chamber of Commerce, this annual march down Harrison Ave features a variety of patriotic individuals and groups. This year’s theme is Beach Party! Come and watch or enter by calling Heather at the Chamber 719-486-3900.
After the parade, head on up to the Leadville/Lake County Airport for their annual community BBQ. The price is right – FREE – and you can see first-hand all the incredible upgrades and additions to the local airstrip. There will also be some things going up into the air – they just won’t be fireworks.
And don’t forget, the day before Independence Day – Tuesday, July 3 – Peoples Bank will host its annual Customer Appreciation BBQ, serving up hot dogs, brats, chips, drink and something sweet, on the corner of 3rd and Harrison from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
So, while there won’t be any fireworks this year, Leadville always figures out a way to make the best of things. Chances are that most fireworks displays will be canceled if conditions continue to deteriorate with the lack of moisture. This just gives us more time to plan safe, alternative, patriotic fun.
Leadville Today will keep you informed on all the 4th of July activities – it’s still two weeks away! In the meantime let us know if you hear of any other local community celebrations going on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lap the Lake & the Scenery!
This challenging race consists of 1 lap (22 miles) or 3 laps (50 miles) around the scenic Turquoise Lake paved road. Course elevations range from 9,650 to 10,800 feet, so racers are faced with demanding ascents, challenging descents and non-stop turns, all while enjoying breathtaking Turquoise Lake, lined with blue spruce, aspen, and lodge pole pine.
The race start is staged at the Lake County Swimming Pool at 1000 W. 6th Street in Leadville. In addition to longstanding sponsor Melanzana the race is also sponsored by Hammer Nutrition. For questions or more information, please contact the Lake County Recreation Department at 719-486-7486 or 719-486-7484.
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Gardener’s Gather Tonight
The Chicken Hill Neighborhood Garden Project will hold its Gardener’s Potluck at the Senior Center (421 W. 6th Street) from 5 – 7 p.m. tonight, June 21. Jen from the High Country Conservation Center will speak about the success of community gardens in Summit County. Everyone is welcome!
For those who may not have heard, the Chicken Hill Neighborhood Garden Project is the mission of Dave Eason and a few of his close friends. They are building a community garden of significant size in Leadville’s historic mining district. The purpose of this garden is to provide local families with children, the elderly and others access to a green house, raised beds, quality soil, on-site composting and additional resources needed to grow their own fresh produce at 10,000 ft.
This child-friendly garden will mentor local production of flavorful, nutritious and wholesome food in a contamination-free setting, while pairing experienced local gardeners with gardening enthusiasts of every stripe in a communal environment, affording opportunities to exchange knowledge, help and companionship while producing herbs and vegetables in quantity to enjoy and to share with others in the community.