Thursday, July 4, 2013
A volunteer group called HutchFest is continuing their tradition, which includes the community-wide Independence Day fireworks show.
"I feel a sense of pride that the whole community is coming together," said Ron Williams, HutchFest board chairman.
In less than two months, dozens of volunteers and sponsors came forward to fund HutchFest and the fireworks display.
"We've had donations as little as $50 and as much as $3,000, so really the whole community is doing whatever they can," said Williams.
The "safe and sane" ordinance affected the number of vendors willing to pay $2,500 for a fireworks permit. Half of those fees helped fund the annual fireworks show.
This year, this community-wide fireworks show is all paid for by private donations.
"It's exciting that the community came together because city government, local government, can't be the answer to everything and that revenue just isn't there anymore since the ordinance was changed," said Jade Piros de Carvalho, Hutchinson city council member.
HutchFest events will be held at the Kansas State Fairgrounds, July 4-6. All events are free, except for the Saturday night concert. General admission tickets for the Saturday night concert are $5.
The Fourth of July fireworks show is scheduled for 9:45 p.m.
For more information on HutchFest events, click here.