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CiCo fireworks show not scheduled this year

By The Mercury

It appears the flame on the annual Thunder Over Manhattan fireworks celebration has finally gone out.

City Fire Marshal Rick Stillwagon said he hasn’t received an application for the annual fireworks display at CiCo Park.

He said the permits are usually due three weeks before the fireworks displays.

Show organizers experienced difficulties in finding sponsors for the event in recent years.

In 2007, Dara’s Fast Lane owners Jan and Chris Darrah sponsored the show when it faced cancellation after a long-time sponsor, the Westside Business Association, said it couldn’t come up with the money.

In 2009, GTM Sportswear and Briggs Auto Group joined as co-sponsors after another co-sponsor, Landmark National Bank, dropped out.

Prior to 2012’s show, Chris Darrah said it might be the last one after GTM dropped its participation. He ultimately withdrew after the show due to the issues with getting sponsors.

Last year, Scott Wempe, assistant golf professional at Colbert Hills, took over for the Darrahs as the main organizer.

Stillwagon said he has received a fireworks display application for the Manhattan Country Club’s private display, which was approved for July 3.

The annual fireworks show in Wamego is set for 10 p.m. on July 4. A fireworks show at Randolph’s Independence Day celebration is scheduled for this Saturday.

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