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April 24, 2013

Music fest raises $10,610 for annual fireworks show

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The bad news: Jon Bartlow miscounted the money that the third annual Big Bang Rockfest raised toward the communitywide Fourth of July fireworks show.

The good news: The Saturday event, held in downtown Pittsburg, actually took in more than he originally thought.

On Sunday, after only a few hours of sleep, Bartlow tallied $10,577. On Tuesday, when he received the bank receipt, he realized the total was actually $10,610. Either amount, he said, was great news.

The grass-roots effort annually attempts to raise what Bartlow said is the “biggest chunk of money” for the fireworks show, which costs about $20,000. The remainder of the cost comes from private and business donations in the community.

“We have raised $3,000 to $5,000 the past three years with this event,” Bartlow said last week. “I would like to see that $5,000 mark topped this year, but would just be thrilled to see lots of community support and many people in downtown Pittsburg.”

This year’s event far surpassed that goal, doubling the amount typically brought in. Organizers secured bands to play at four venues.



Volunteered time

ALL PROCEEDS brought in Saturday will go to the fireworks because the bands, sound men and others volunteered their time.

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