BEND, OR -- Independence Day is a popular holiday in Bend. But, the big professional fireworks display at Pilot Butte is in jeopardy.
Bend Fire's Deputy Chief and Fire Marshall Larry Medina tells KBND News, "The fireworks on the Butte has been traditionally sponsored by the Bend Bulletin and they gave notice that they were going to pull out as far as sponsorship. So right now, we have no application that's been submitted; there's a lot of discussion that's come my way, as far as other community members and businesses that are interested in funding or providing the financial support for the show." But, he says, so far, a new sponsor has not been solidified. The Bulletin has not returned our calls for comment.
Medina is optimistic a new sponsor or private funding will materialize, "Bend has a well over 100-year tradition - not with the fireworks specifically - but as far as community events, if you look through some of the archives. And, Bend is a great community that rallies. A lot of people are giving and supportive, so we're just looking for that momentum to be created." He trusts that once people know the fireworks show needs funding in order to continue, residents will make it happen.