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Cancellation Of RiseFest Dooms Community Fireworks Display…..Maybe

Sheldon, Iowa — When Village Northwest Unlimited in Sheldon was forced to cancel their annual Independence Day Celebration, along with their gigantic fireworks display, the City of Sheldon and the SCDC took measures to still have a fireworks display in Sheldon this year.

A discussion was begun during the city council meeting on June 3rd about the City and SCDC putting on a fireworks display. Discussion continued at the June 17th council meeting, at which a fireworks display was approved by the Council, but by that time it was too late to arrange a display on July 3rd or 4th. Since RiseFest had already made the decision to postpone their 2020 festival until Labor Day weekend, in conjunction with Sheldon Celebration Days, the Council and SCDC opted to schedule the fireworks display for Sunday evening, September 6th.

However, the resolution approved by the Council authorizing the Community Fireworks Display states that, “The event will not be held if either RiseFest or Celebration Days are cancelled due to COVID-19.” With Thursday morning’s announcement by Rise Ministries that RiseFest 2020 has been cancelled, that would appear to also cancel the September 6th fireworks display. However, some City officials are hinting that the September 6th date was a “Plan B” for the City and SCDC, and that some kind of “Plan C” will be discussed by the Sheldon City Council at their August 5th meeting.

Stay tuned, we’ll bring you more information as it becomes available.

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