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Freedom Fest fireworks postponed

Posted June 30, 2012 by Joe Rehana in Community

Goreville Freedom Fest committee announced Saturday evening that due to severe drought conditions, its fireworks display is postponed until Goreville School’s Fall Festival in Oct. The parade and all activities up to it will continue as scheduled.

UPDATED: Goreville Freedom Fest fireworks postponed

The Village of Goreville’s Freedom Fest committee announced Saturday evening that it would join Vienna and other Southern Illinois communities in postponing its fireworks.  The committee had met earlier Saturday morning in hopes of finding a way to keep its signature firework show as scheduled and decided to await its final decision until noon Monday. Committee chairman Dusty Lingle later said that the drought conditions are too severe and dangerous to allow the fireworks as planned.

Parade and earlier actives to proceed as planned

Lingle said that all activities up until after the parade will continue as scheduled, only the evening activities will be postponed until Goreville School’s Fall Festival in October.  The parade is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. with lineup starting around 3 p.m.  The evening’s concert series is tentatively scheduled to join the Fall Festival’s October lineup as well.

While the committee regretted the decision, the continued deterioration of conditions left little choice as Southern Illinois has been plunged into a drought with little to no rain for the past month and temperatures surpassing the 100-degree mark for several days straight.

Vienna fireworks postponed

The city of Vienna announced early Saturday morning that its annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration is postponed due to the dangerous drought conditions as well and no new date has been set. Goreville and Vienna join the surrounding Southern Illinois communities such as Marion, Carterville, Carbondale and Murphysboro who have all postponed July 4th fireworks displays as well as stepped up warnings and look to impose tougher penalties on persons violating the state’s ban on fireworks.