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New home announced for fireworks display

March 26, 2014
Event organizers recently announced a change in venue for Valley Center's annual fireworks display. This year, the popular Fourth of July event will be returning to Valley Center High School.

"We are returning to the High School site and have received our approval from the High School, Fire Marshall, and Fireworks Provider," said Kelly Crews President of Fireworks for Valley Center.

Dr. Lou Obermeyer, Superintendent of Valley Center Pauma Unified School District and Mary Gorsuch, Superintendent effective July 1, 2014 agreed to the site with the consent of the Fire Marshall, Crews told Valley Roadrunner in a recent interview.

In previous years, the fireworks display has been held on the High School football field with the launching site held on John Belanick's property, but this year the fireworks are being held away from the stadium to prevent the turf from being endangered. The fireworks will be shot from the upper baseball field with the viewing area being held on the two upper baseball fields. The new location will allow the neighborhood around the surrounding property to enjoy the fireworks.

"All day long the neighbors can barbecue, hang out, and watch the show," Crews said.

The event costs run from $30,000 to $50,000 annually. Needs for parking, lighting, trash, traffic, bathroom facilities along with jobs and tasks were all discussed during a meeting held last night at the community center.

The most pressing concern for the group however, is how to acquire presenting and logistical sponsors.

"We're ready right now actively seeking sponsors as quickly as we can get them," said Crews who is also appealing to parents to assist in the event.

"We're hoping to get assistance from the parents' groups from the high school for the child-friendly area," said Crews.

Fire-reliability release forms will be signed by parents or guardians assuming responsibility for children who will then wear bracelets to play on inflatables during the event. There is no charge for the children's play area; however a donation of $1.00 is suggested.

This year the Kiwanis will be returning selling hamburgers and hot dogs. Kettle Corn will also be a returning vendor.

The fireworks committee is presently looking for new entertainment to play popular music.

"We expect to have a band so people could feel free to sign up, bring a chair, and enjoy the show," said Crews.

Already signed up to assist with the event are Charlie Smith, George Lucia, Christina Wallace, Lori Lallo, Nevell Cummings, Rick Roberts, Alan Kirkpatrick, Craig and Elizabeth Usher, Volunteer Sheriff, Sheriff, CHP, Exploreres, Kiwanis, Powerland Equipment, EDCO, Diamond Environmental, Peter Jauregui, Erik Jensen, Ron McGowan, Obermeyer and Gorsuch.

"By having the fireworks more people will be encouraged to visit and bring friends from other areas to enjoy beautiful Valley Center," said Crews.

The fireworks display is a family-friendly community event free to the public. Those who attend are invited to bring chairs, food, footballs, or Frisbees. No smoking, tobacco, firearms, alcohol, or pets will be allowed. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.

To help sponsor or assist with fundraising for the event contact Crews at 760-670-7062 or

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