Rotary fireworks ready to burst on Halloween night

The Grand Forks Rotary Club annual Halloween bonfire and fireworks evening is all set to go on Thursday, Oct. 31 at Angus McDonald Park.

Enjoying the fire at last year's Rotary fireworks and bonfire event at Angus MacDonald Park in Grand Forks.

This is all treat and no trick.The Grand Forks Rotary Club annual Halloween bonfire and fireworks evening is all set to go on Thursday, Oct. 31 at Angus McDonald Park.This year Jim Burch is acting as the fireworks supervisor for the event. Also on the committee are Deanna Ludowicz, Art Hoefsloot, Homer Good, Lyle Burt and Gord Nichols.“Every Halloween we do a fireworks display,” said Burch. “It starts at 8 p.m. and lasts between a half hour and an hour. We’ve been doing it for 35 consecutive years.”Burch said preparations for this year are well under way.“We have ordered the fire works,” he said. “We’ve been in communication with the city, police and fire department. They’re all very supportive of our event. The city provides us with a lot of assistance with getting ready at the site. We’re very appreciative of that.”The event started out as a safe alternative for families and youth to get together and have an enjoyable evening with some candy and fireworks.“It’s also an area that the young adults of the region can gather and watch the bonfire and be in an area that’s safe for them,” said Burch.“It significantly reduces the vandalism in the area,” said Hoefsloot. “That’s one of the major advantages of it. They’re not gonna be knocking over stop signs and soaping windows downtown because they’re all out at the bonfire and they stay there.”Burch added that the local teenagers have been “awesome.” He noted that the number of incidents they’ve had over the years has been minimal.“The youth need to be complimented on the fact that they respect the community and participate in the bonfire.”Ludowicz notes that over the years, people that came out as children are now coming as adults and bringing their children.The Rotary Club no longer hands out candy at the event, but does hand out their famous, delicious kettle corn. Also available is hot chocolate by donation and a fortune teller.The committee members are grateful to those around Grand Forks who have helped bring the Halloween bonfire and fireworks event to fruition by purchasing and displaying the ‘I support the Rotary fireworks’ cards.“That’s what pays for all the fireworks and the presentation,” said Burch. “You can see them at retail stores throughout the community.”Burch added that people can still purchase the cards at some retailers or from any Rotarian.The members would also like to remind people coming down to respect the safety zone.“The fireworks are explosives, and as such we are regulated by our permits to have our fireworks display,” said Nichols. “The safety zone will be clearly marked. We want to ask the public to please respect it for the one hour before and after the fireworks.”

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