Shelburne Founders' Days may lose fireworks

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The popular fireworks held during Founders’ Days in Shelburne could be the victim of a budget crunch this summer.

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By Amy Woolvett

The Town of Shelburne is looking to prune back Founders’ Days events to keep within budget.

Economic development officer Jerry Locke said committee members are talking about holding the festival Friday and Saturday, dropping Thursday and Sunday events from its schedule.

They might even have to rethink fireworks for the annual celebration of Shelburne’s founding by Loyalists.

 “We will have to debate whether or not to do fireworks at the next meeting,” he said.  “It is the biggest expense for the shortest event.”

Fireworks are estimated to cost a bit over $16,000.

This is the first year for the town to organize Founders’ Days after the Municipality of Shelburne backed out of planning for this year’s event saying it was a stress on staff resources.

The town recently sent out a letter looking for corporate sponsors to help fund the festival.

Total expenses for Founders’ Days is expected to cost $34,900 and they are seeking $19,300 from corporate sponsors.

They are also seeking out many volunteers to help run and plan for the various events.

“We will need to balance our resources with our programing,” he said.

The next public meeting will be held April 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Shelburne Community Centre.

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