ROGERSVILLE — Organizers of Rogersville’s annual Fourth of July Celebration are hoping more sponsorships and/or donations come in soon so that programming cuts won’t have to be made to the region’s largest Independence Day gathering.
This year, the free celebration is taking place on Saturday, July 6.
For most of the past decade, the Fourth of July Celebration held at the Rogersville City Park had attracted an estimated 30,000 visitors.
But a combination of perfect weather and bigger name entertainment for the free concert has lifted those attendance figures to an estimated 50,000 for the past two years.
Fourth of July Committee Chairman Dr. Blaine Jones said last week that donations have slowed since an earlier announcement that this year’s entertainment will include ACM new female vocalist of the year Jana Kramer and the multi-award winning Christian group the Newsboys.
The event is now two months away, and Jones said organizers need more sponsorships and/or donations soon before some tough decisions might have to be made.
Although the entertainment and attractions are free to the public, the people providing the entertainment and attractions still have to be paid.
“We always have a great show and we have never charged for any of it except for a few rides many years ago,” Jones said. “We do lean on big sponsors and any size donations to help continue this as a free event. We do have a few options that we really hope we do not have to put into place, but we can cut down our budget and thus the size of our show if contributions do not start materializing very soon.”
Jones said one option under consideration is downsizing the fireworks show to meet budget constraints.
Jones added, “Since we always have one of the largest shows in a five-state region, we would really like to avoid doing that. Another area we can cut down is the size of our Kids Zone. That would be a huge disappointment to the multiple thousands of kids who come into Rogersville to enjoy that day, and it would be a big disappointment to us as well.”
Donations to the Rogersville Fourth of July Celebration can be sent to: July 4th Celebration, P.O. Box 35, Rogersville, TN 37857.
Companies or individuals interested in becoming event sponsors can call Jones at (423) 272-3150.
Visit www.rogersville4thofjuly.com for more information.