Budget issues cause festival concerns

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The Noblesville Fireworks Festival is under funded this year and it could impact the annual event’s activities. Cara Culp, chairwoman for the July 4th Planning Committee, said the organization will evaluate activities if funds remain low.

“We’re having the fireworks show. It will not be cut or reduced,” she said. “It will be kids carnival games. The games themselves are not expensive but the prizes add up.”

The festival was $5,000 short of the $32,000 budget as of June 13. Culp said that no tax dollars are used for the event, which is funded by sponsorships and donations.

“The budget is about the same as last year. For some reason donations are down a little bit and we’re struggling more than we usually do,” she said. “This is the 17th year for the Noblesville Fireworks Festival and the first time we’ve had to go public and ask for help.”

Anyone who wants to donate can make a check payable to Noblesville Fireworks Festival and either drop it off or mail it to Noblesville City Hall, 16 S. 10th St., Noblesville, IN 46060. Volunteers are also sought for the festival and parade. Those interested in donating their time or money can contact Culp for more information at cculp@noblesville.in.us or 776-6367.

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