Do­na­tions still needed for GoFourth! Fes­ti­val fire­works

Sec­ond an­nual cel­e­bra­tion still needs $20,000 to cover ex­penses

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mon­ica Sager msager@pottsmerc.com

The sec­ond an­nual GoFourth! Fes­ti­val is hop­ing to bring in new en­ter­tain­ment and fam­ily-friendly fun to mix up this year’s July 4 cel­e­bra­tion, but money is still needed.

Vol­un­teers still need close to $20,000 to reach their goal of $60,000. The fes­ti­val is run purely on do­na­tions with­out any tax­payer monies used.

“No Pottstown Bor­ough funds help to pay for this cel­e­bra­tion,” said Amy Fran­cis, co-chair­per­son of the GoFourth! Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee. “It is com­pletely funded by spon­sor­ships and do­na­tions made by busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who want to of­fer our greater Pottstown com­mu­nity a fun, fam­ily-ori­ented event — a hap­pen­ing hat show­cases all the pos­i­tive com­mu­nity spirit and ameni­ties that Pottstown has to of­fer.”

Fes­tiv­i­ties for the day be­gin at 10:15 a.m. at High and Adams Streets with a July 4th pa­rade. The path will con­tinue west to Manatawny Street.

The com­mit­tee is still look­ing for marchers or driv­ers for the Pottstown Ro­tary Club July 4th pa­rade. Any­one in­ter­ested should con­tact pottstown­ro­tary@gmail.com to reg­is­ter. There is a reg­is­tra­tion fee that will cover traf­fic con­trol and other re­lated ex­penses, ac­cord­ing to the com­mit­tee. Other pa­rade con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Pottstown Ro­tary Com­mu­nity En­dow­ment Fund (PRCEF) via P.O. Box 227, Pottstown, PA 19464.

The fes­ti­val con­tin­ues at Memo­rial Park. About 20 food ven­dors are ex­pected. The food trucks and Sly Fox beer tent from last year’s fes­ti­val are to re­turn as well.

Through­out the day, there will be live en­ter­tain­ment, spon­sored by Wolf Bald­win & As­so­ciates. The lineup in­cludes: The Andrea Nardello Band, pre­sented by Mont­gomery County Com­mu­nity Col­lege, at 11:30 a.m.; Chest­nut Grove, pre­sented by Pottstown Parks & Re­cre­ation, at 1:30 p.m.; Brian Fitzy, at 3:30 p.m.; Hec­tor Rosado & Or­ches­tra Hache, at 5:30 p.m.; and Mod­ern Luxe, at 7:30 p.m.

The GoFourth! Fes­ti­val is geared to­ward fam­i­lies, with en­ter­tain­ment for kids. “Grand­pop Bub­bles,” a per­for­mance artist, who cre­ates enor­mous bub­bles, will make a spe­cial ap­pear­ance at 3 p.m., ac­cord­ing to the com­mit­tee’s re­lease. In­flat­able rides and at­trac­tions will also be present from noon to 8 p.m. The Fab­u­lous Faces face-paint­ing artists will be avail­able from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wacky Patti, a bal­loon artist, is at the fes­ti­val from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Levram the Great, and “Colo­nial Con­jurer,” who will roam the grounds with his magic act, will be around from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. ROG Orthodon­tics is spon­sor­ing all of the chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the day.

The Ro­tary Club will also hold its twenty-sixth an­nual Duck Race on Manatawny Creek at 4 p.m. on July 4. The Ro­tary’s sales of duck spon­sor­ships will ben­e­fit lo­cal char­i­ties through­out Pottstown, in­clud­ing Pottstown GoFourth! Ducks are avail­able for pur­chase at the fes­ti­val as well as in ad­vance at pottstown­ro­tary.org.

The U.S. Hot Air Bal­loon Team will have a bal­loon launch of mul­ti­ple bal­loons around 6 p.m.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the day are to in­clude minia­ture golf at Manatawny Green and the board­ing of the Cole­brook­dale Rail­road, which will con­duct short runs to and from Boy­er­town sta­tion, ac­cord­ing to the com­mit­tee’s re­lease. The Carousal of Pottstown will also be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The In­ter­na­tional Fire­works of Dou­glassville is to dis­play fire­works at dark af­ter 9 p.m. in Memo­rial Park.

“We can­not be­gin to fund this fes­ti­val through bucket col­lec­tions alone,” said Amy Wolf, co-chair­per­son of the GoFourth! Com­mit­tee.

Fire­works cost about $1,000 per minute in ad­di­tion to an­cil­lary costs, like fire depart­ment fees, ac­cord­ing to the com­mit­tee’s re­lease.

Any­one can still do­nate to the fes­ti­val, too. Busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als may spon­sor var­i­ous en­ter­tain­ment providers and ac­tiv­i­ties. Up­per level spon­sors will re­ceive pre­ferred seat­ing dur­ing the fire­work dis­play.

Tax-de­ductible do­na­tions can be made by do­nat­ing on­line at PottstownGoFourth.org or by send­ing a check made payable to the TriCounty Com­mu­nity Net­work (TCN), with “At­ten­tion: GoFourth” as the memo. Checks should be sent to Pottstown GoFourth! Fes­ti­val, PO Box 1362, Pottstown PA 19464.

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