ASHVILLE - The Ashville Day Fireworks Committee needs the support of area residents to keep the tradition of a dazzling show alive.
There will be a chicken barbecue to benefit the fireworks display on Saturday from 3-8 p.m. at the Llama Club in Ashville, 4939 Route 474. The cost is $10, which will include chicken with a side of mashed potatoes or macaroni salad, baked beans and a roll.
The event will also include a Chinese auction of items donated from various local businesses and the sale of 50/50 tickets for a drawing set for Sunday, July 20.
Jim Edington, Llama Club member and Fireworks Committee chairperson, has been involved with fundraising for the event for nearly a decade,
"We're looking for the public's support and new sponsors," Edington said. "We lost some big sponsors this year."
Although the committee usually raises around $11,000, this year it has a goal of $7,000, which it has been working toward throughout the year with spaghetti dinners and a spring gun raffle.
According to Edington, companies that sponsor the fireworks will receive recognition from a submitted article to The Post-Journal, recognition on local radio stations and recognition from a DJ who will announce their names multiple times at the event.
Dave Lepley, Llama Club member and 38-year pyrotechnician veteran who works for Pyrotecnico, has been involved with teaching about indoor fireworks displays in China as well as working with sports teams, including the Buffalo Bills.
"Knowledge is everything," Lepley said. "Ashville Day fireworks are the best around - we make it creative - and we do it for less than other shows in the area."
Ashville Day is set for Saturday, July 19.
Donations for the auction can be dropped off at the Llama Club by noon on Saturday or a pickup can be scheduled by contacting Edington, 450-9701. Monetary donations can be sent to the Llama Club, P.O. Box 163, Ashville, NY 14710. Checks should be made out to "Llama Club Fireworks Committee."
Cans and bottles can be donated to Don's Car Wash, specified toward the "Ashville Day Fireworks" account.
For questions about sponsorship, contact Edington, or call Lepley at 404-702-4701.