Fourth of July fireworks set at Lake Boren

June 3, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

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Details emerging for Newcastle Days

UPDATED — 10:50 a.m. June 29, 2011

The city’s annual Fourth of July celebration in Lake Boren Park is a go this year, thanks to a $10,000 sponsorship from Lake Boren Townhomes, which opened in April on the north shore of Lake Boren. Resident Shel Neufeld also offered to match as much as $1,000 of contributions from local businesses for the event.*

This year’s celebration in the park will include music from Seattle cover band Shelley and the Curves, food vendors and — of course — a lot of fireworks to light up the twilight sky.

The celebration starts at 6 p.m. with fireworks starting at 10 p.m. Don’t forget a blanket. The new playground will be open for children in attendance.

“We are extremely excited to be part of the Newcastle community and are happy to do what we can to keep the celebration going,” Lake Boren Townhomes developer Claudio Guincher said in a news release. “Future homeowners will have a front row seat to the fireworks celebration. This is something we want them to be able to enjoy for years to come.”

Mayor John Dulcich said he was very grateful for the contribution from the developer.

“He’s just as excited as we are about this thing,” Dulcich said regarding Guincher.

Donations have also poured in for Newcastle Days, which will be Sept. 9 and 10. The event will be funded with a $10,000 sponsorship from Valley Medical Center and a $2,500 sponsorship from Waste Management.*

Like last year, the Friday and Saturday celebration will consist of a sidewalk sale in the downtown area the first day followed by festivities in Lake Boren Park the second day.

This year’s celebration in the park will include the Newcastle 5K run, a tennis tournament, and the popular inflatable toys and pony rides. Newcastle resident and Yes drummer Alan White and his band White will also return to rock out as the headliner for his neighbors.

Organizers said they plan to release more details in the coming weeks.

Concerts in the Park will be funded this year with a sponsorship coming from The Golf Club at Newcastle, although the sponsorship amount was not announced as of Newcastle News’ May 31 deadline.

With the sponsorships, Newcastle Days will likely be revenue neutral, City Manager Rob Wyman said. If the city obtains additional sponsorships, Concerts in the Park may also be revenue neutral.

However, the city will need to pay for between $5,000 and $8,000 of the Fourth of July celebration with money from its community events fund, budgeted at $15,000 for the year.

Nonetheless, the events have begun lining up under budget, Dulcich said.

“We’re off to a good start. We’re ahead of last year,” he said, adding that he is thrilled with the support the city’s events have received. “I’m very excited about the fact that we’re going to be able to have these events. It really builds community.”

* This story contains corrected information.

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