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Plans for this year's July 4 show now 'looking good'

A recent phone call to the Fallbrook Beautification Alliance (FBA) from Supervisor Bill Horn’s office delivered some good news: a $35,000 grant would be given to FBA to help the alliance continue its annual fireworks fundraising event that was in jeopardy due to loss of funding.

“The generous support from Supervisor Horn is huge,” said Jerri Patchett, president of FBA.

The grant stems from the unanimous vote by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on March 2 to distribute $212,000 in grant funds to organizations in the Fallbrook and Bonsall communities. The money is from the District Five Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget.

Patchett said a special FBA board meeting to discuss the funds was held March 15, during which time members voted on whether or not they would host the annual July 4 event this year.

March 15 is also the deadline for securing an electronic detonator from the fireworks company needed for the event, Patchett said.

Of those who attended, (one person was absent) it was a unanimous vote to go on with the show, Patchett said.“We are moving forward with the July 4 event.”

The annual fireworks show is the only one in Fallbrook and the single fundraiser held by the FBA, which uses the money raised to help beautify Fallbrook in many ways, including the placement and maintenance of the flower pots on Main Avenue and the planting and maintenance of the medians on South Mission Road.

The FBA announced in January that they had lost their funding for the fireworks, which cost about $1,000-per-minute to produce. The show is held at the Grand Tradition and has taken place each of the last five years. The July 4 event draws an average of 2,500 people who picnic and enjoy live entertainment and a fireworks show on Independence Day.

According to earlier reports, the county’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program award to the FBA will allow for the purchase of flower pots for downtown beautification, will subsidize permit fees, and help cover venue, marketing, travel, food, entertainment, professional services, and supply costs for the July 4 fundraising event.

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