A Bigger fireworks Spectacular in the works for Galion

The bad weather conditions on the weekend of the Fourth of July has caused the big fireworks display to be moved to Labor Day weekend.

By Cynthia Shroyer-Dean

Inquirer Staff Writer


Galion residents should be gearing up for the town’s own “Red, White and Boom” because in the eyes of Galion Rotary International President Kent Gimbel the organization’s Fourth of July fireworks certainly rivals the display in Columbus.


At Wednesday night’s Rotary meeting, Gimbel told his fellow members this year’s $10,000 display is paid for and work schedules are filled out. Gimbel said there will still be members of the Ohio Military Reserve collecting donations prior to the fireworks. Any donations received will go toward next year’s display


“As long as the community wants it bigger, we’ll keep making it bigger and bigger,” Gimbel promised.


He also mentioned the Columbus Dispatch sent a reporter to Gimbel to interview him about this year’s display. Gimbel said he assured the reporter Galion’s display was better than the Columbus “Red, White and Boom held each year.


Gimbel explained the Galion fireworks has the closeness on having the display in a city park with a community band and choir.


“You not only see the display – you can feel the explosions,” Gimbel said.



The fireworks is scheduled for the Fourth of July. A special edition of the First Federal Bank of Ohio Music in the Park will star the evening off with patriotic selection from the Galion Community Band, which began in 1986, is under the direction of Rick Walker and Brian Treisch. The band includes members from Galion, Crestline and Columbus.


The Galion Community Choir will join the band in singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”


Refreshments will be available at this year’s event. A Coca-Cola trailer will be staffed by Rotarians at the bandshell in Heise Park as well as one by the football field.


As the OHMR members circulate through the crowd taking donations they will be handing out small American flags as long as supplies last.



This article (text) appeared in the Galion Inquirer’s Friday, June 27, 2003 edition

Poster from an Uptowne store window.