The Rotary Club of Brazil is determined to give its community a proper July four celebration for the freedom and independence missed in the previous few months.
For 85 years, Rotary has held the Fourth of July celebration, but this year is likely to come down as one of the most unique.
Club officials announced Thursday that they had decided, for the sake of public health, not to enter the carnival in the middle of the road.
They instead planned entertainment for three days from 3 to 5 July at Forest Park in Brazil, led by an annual fireworks display at 10:05 at night. 4th of July.
Club president Chad Schopmeyer said officers over the past few weeks had ideas that could be used to work if, and how, celebrations could still occur.
And while there is no plan that pleases everyone, Schopmeyer says the planned celebration still has plenty of entertainment for the whole family.
“We want to still have something to look forward to in our community and give them something to get out of their homes and get excited,” Schopmeyer said.
All bands and music for fireworks will be broadcast live on WAMB-FM 106.9 in Brazil and WAMB-FM 99.5 on Terre Haute.
Without a middle ground and an annual draw in danger, because the Indiana Gaming Commission has suspended charity games across the state, the club recognizes the financial difficulties it faces.
However, Rob Dispennett, the club’s elected president, said that although the fireworks display was one of the more expensive parts of production, it was also one of the officers who most did not want to be cut if necessary.
“Our council gathered and decided that if we had to go bankrupt doing it, we wanted to make the fireworks fly,” Dispennett said.
Putting aside that sentiment, Rotary of Brazil says it now relies on the good of the people to help ensure that it does not happen.
Schopmeyer said the club was a beneficiary of a $ 10,000 grant from the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, but they hoped to at least match that amount in donations from community members.
Anyone who wants to contribute can visit a bank in Brazil and make a contribution to the Rotary of Brazil. It has also collected GoFundMe on https://bit.ly/2ZsJejh.
For more information about the celebration of the Fourth of July or Rotary of Brazil, visit the club’s website at brazilrotary.org or Facebook @ brazilrotaryclub.
Reporter Alex Modesitt can be contacted at 812-231-4232 or at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @TribStarAlex.