By Steven Sandberg
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Cities across Southern Oregon and Northern California are getting ready to light up the skies Wednesday night, but one community is not getting a fireworks show.
Budget problems are preventing the Josephine County Fairgrounds from putting on a show this year. The Josephine County Fairgrounds director says it can cost more than $10,000 to put on a 4th of July event and this year, it’s money the county does not have.
Because of the financial problems, the fairground did not sponsor a fireworks show this year and no community groups volunteered to run this year’s show. Last year, the Grants Pass Active Club stepped in at the last minute to put on the event, but the group says its commitment to Boatnik this year prevented them from devoting time to another fireworks show.
To make up for the lack of fireworks, the Josephine County Fairgrounds is having an evening of horse racing, including the Firecracker Futurity, which has a purse of $23,000. The fairgrounds director says he will continue to put out feelers to community groups to see if anyone is interested in sponsoring the event next year.