The fireworks show at the Morenci Town and Country Festival always proves popular with people from throughout the area.
This summer the skies will remain dark unless donations are collected to help pay for the event.
“With the tough economic times that we are all facing, it has come to our attention that even community activities such as Morenci’s annual Town and Country Festival are being affected,” wrote Joe Farquhar in a fund-raising letter.
Farquhar, along with his wife, Kristie, and Megan Pike and Andi Rorick, make up a committee trying to raise funds for a fireworks show. The display provided in recent years costs about $5,000, Farquhar said, and only about $1,500 is available so far for this summer.
Fireworks are scheduled on the night of June 27.
“We would like to extend the opportunity to our local businesses and community members to help aide in covering these costs.”
If the entire cost can be paid through donations, the festival committee will be able to use its funds for other festival events.
Tax deductible donations can be dropped off or mailed to Rural Urban Insurance Agency, 224 W. Main St., Morenci.