Another longtime Wolsey tradition is about to fade into history. Remember the days of giving your kids a quarter or two and they run down to the local fireworks stand to pick out their favorite firecrackers or bottle rockets?
The Wolsey Fireworks Stand has operated in our community for many, many years. As we all remember parents signed up to work a shift in the old outdoor type stand because all the proceeds went to our kids activities including the swimming pool and other park and rec events.
Our community was very fortunate to have Dale & Diane Hemminger in charge of the fireworks stand for many years and they put in countless hours to keep the stand open. In the past 27 years since buying fireworks through Lew’s Fireworks in Watertown the Wolsey stand has only been closed two years – once in 1988 when it was so dry fireworks were not allowed and in 2008 when they constructed the new highway through town.
In recent years the stand has been operated by the Wolsey Lions, Wolsey Park & Rec and the Onward Wolsey Business Association and 100% of the proceeds have been donated to the swimming pool except for one year when proceeds were donated to the new main street Christmas decorations.
Do you know of any other organization or group that would like to raise some money or would like to continue to support our local swimming pool? The stand is usually operated from June 27th thru July 4th and makes approximately $1000 after all expenses are paid. Volunteers must be 18 years old to sell fireworks. If anyone is interested in further information contact David Burnison at 883-4112 or stop by American Bank & Trust in Wolsey.