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Kingsport July 4th fireworks may misfire for lack of sponsors

May 31st, 2014 9:05 pm by Matthew Lane

Kingsport July 4th fireworks may misfire for lack of sponsors

Fireworks light up the sky in downtown Kingsport on July 4, 2011. Times-News file photo by Erica Yoon.

KINGSPORT — Kingsport will have fireworks on Independence Day this year.

Next year? Maybe not if community support and local sponsorship fails to improve from this year, said Sherri Mosley, executive director of the Downtown Kingsport Association, the organizer of the yearly fireworks celebration.

For the past decade, the DKA has been hosting the fireworks celebration in downtown Kingsport, but since 2008 — when the Great Recession hit — sponsorships have been tapering off. In February and March the DKA begins a major push to find sponsors for the event, and of the four main sponsors from last year, three have pulled out this year.

"That's got us scrounging. I just haven't had any luck," Mosley said. "Sponsorships are just slim."

In addition to the economy, Mosley said some sponsors don't feel they get their money's worth by sponsoring the fireworks event. And the fact the Fun Fest fireworks take place about two weeks after Independence Day, doesn't help finding sponsors either.

"Mainly, it's the economy, and some don't feel like there's a really good turnout," she said.

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