by Jim Boyle
The Elk River Independence Day Committee will host a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Elk River American Legion to raise money for a fireworks display.
The committee hopes to break its record of $2,200 in funds raised, and members of the planning group are hoping for big numbers to come out to congratulate the Class of 2013 students who will graduate from the area this week.
These students, along with area kindergartners and their teachers, will be honored guests. See a video of kindergarten students at Otsego excited about the pancake breakfast and the upcoming Independence Day celebration and fireworks. Otsego kindergarteners ready to launch
Tom Anderson, an award-winning master illusionist and comedic magician will perform at 11 a.m.
The citizen-led group restored a more community-focused celebration capped off each of the last three years by a $15,000 fireworks show. More than $7,000 is still needed to be raised to make that size of show a reality this year.
“We’ll work with whatever you come up with,” said Erv Haman of RES Pyrotechnics. “Your community always amazes me, though.”
The Elk River Independence Day celebration and program is sponsored by the Elk River Economic Development Authority that kicks in $6,000 each year and the city of Elk River that has put in about $5,000 each year for police, fire and baseline program expenses like portable bathrooms, garbage services and such.
The rest is up to businesses, organizations and individuals.
So far First National Bank, Granite Shores, Sportech and the Elk River Rotary have kicked in at the $500 donation level and many other businesses and individuals have contributed.
For more info or to donate, visit www.elkriver4th.com or the Elk River 4th of July Facebook page.