Annual Fireworks Display Canceled in Shiocton

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SHIOCTON, Wis. (WFRV) – Just a week and a half away from the Fourth of July, Local 5 News has learned there will be no fireworks in Shiocton.

This will be the first time in decades that the village is forced to cancel its celebration.

“I’ve always really looked forward to that because the whole community comes together, and that’s something kind of special because we’re a small town,” says Alexia Beecher.

Beecher, a waitress at Shiocton’s Hometown Grill, has been enjoying the annual Shiocton fireworks display for the 14 years she has lived in the village of less than 1,000 people.

“The firefighters and everyone does a really good job of making a really good show for everyone to come out, so it’s good for the whole family I think,” explains Beecher.

Shiocton is already decorated for Independence Day, with flags flying along the streets, but the annual fireworks display will not be happening.

“It’s a little sad I guess. Like, it’s a tradition that happens every year, so it’s kinda sad to see that,” says Beecher.

After 22 years of the fire department putting on the display, this year, there was a lack of money to pay for the fireworks.

“This year I called them, or talked to, the business league and they said, well, we really don’t have much donated yet,” says Chief Butch Bunnell, with the Shiocton-Bovina Fire Department.

Chief Bunnell waited as long as possible to see if donations would finally come rolling in, but none of the $5,000 that is typically raised each year by the Shiocton Area Business League, and donated, to pay for the display, came in.

“Two weeks ago I told the firemen, that hey, we’re short of funds this year, it looks like we’re not going to be able to shoot the fireworks,” says Chief Bunnell.

So while the skies above Shiocton Lake Park may be empty this Fourth of July, residents are hopeful that the fireworks display will be back next year.

“I just hope it really comes back, because it was something special for the town,” says Beecher.

Chief Bunnell tells Local 5 that even if funding came through now, it is too late to bring the fireworks back.

They will put any money raise from now on, towards next year’s show.

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