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Fireworks Shows Persevere Despite Economy

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DOVER, Del.- There are two fireworks displays in Kent County this year: in Dover and Smyrna.

Organizers say in the time since the economic downturn started in 2007, it hasn't always been easy making sure there was an event each year. But they have worked hard to make it happen.

"The bulk of what we raise goes to the fireworks," said Joanne Masten, chairwoman of the Smyrna-Clayton July Fourth Association.

That totals about $15,000.

Masten says the July Fourth celebration has expanded during her 17 years with the organization. But the economy has created some issues more recently.

"It makes it harder to raise money, because of the economy. We rely on donations over and above the money that we make. It has to come from donations in order to afford everything.

Dover's July Fourth celebration has, like Smyrna's, been growing. Greg Patterson, chair of Dover's festivities, says the expansion started right as the economic downtown began.

"The event had been traditionally sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. They got out of that business," he said. "It's a $25,000 event each year that gets almost entirely funded by businesses and individuals around the community. While we had a couple of years, two or three years ago, where we got to June and weren't sure if we'd have enough money to do this year, this year we've done very well and are very appreciative.

"It's just a matter of getting out there and pounding and reminding people this is one of the events that makes Dover special."

And it is efforts like that keeping these events from having to scale back despite the economy.

Click here for a full list of fireworks events across Delmarva.

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