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Lewisboro Boosts Community With June Fireworks

Posters and fliers proclaim "Fireworks Spectacular," and it's not on the Fourth of July. No, Lewisboro chooses to light up the night sky earlier than Independence Day. "That's because it's always the last weekend in June," Dana Mayclim, Lewisboro's parks and recreation superintendent.

The reason hinges as much on community as it does on finances. "Yes, it's easier and more cost effective to get hold of fireworks companies, and yes, the town doesn't have to pay double time when you hold a non-July 4th event," Mayclim said. "But in 1999 what Tom Herzog, the town supervisor, and Bill Heidepriem, then parks and rec superintendent, really wanted was fireworks as the center of a town-wide, community event."

More Lewisboro residents can come in June than in July. "Kids are still around, families aren't all on vacation," she said.

In the last few years, about 2,500 people in a town of more than 12,000, have turned out for the fireworks, Mayclim said.

Picnics are welcome, barbecues are not. The Lewisboro Lions Club will sell food, drinks and snacks in its own fundraising effort. People can spread their blankets starting around 6 p.m. at Onatru Farm Park, Mayclim said. Admission is $20 a car; free of charge if you walk in. Children's entertainment will include Annie and the Natural Wonder Band at 7 p.m. Lewisboro teacher and resident Matt Rocchio is scheduled to kick in with his band, Someone and the Others, at 8 p.m.

Fireworks in June? What do you think?

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