If you have been seeing red, white, and blue rockets scattered here and there around Marengo, and you like fireworks, you may want to drop some money into the rocket. They are the work of a group of volunteers who have missed having fireworks in Marengo. Their intent is to fund a fireworks display at no cost to the city. “A bunch of volunteers are trying to do a good thing for Marengo,” said Mike Miller. “We haven’t had any fireworks in Marengo for a few years and we miss them. We are planning to have live bands and a beer tent behind Trio Grill.

“Jeff Seevers came up with the plan and we put in a lot of work making the canisters. We fabricated, well, mainly Jeff Seevers did the work while I helped, five rocket collection boxes. We are putting them around town to raise money to fund a fireworks display behind the Trio Grill on June 30.

“I am a 1st ward alderman on the City Council and I spoke to the mayor about our plan. Technically, this will be a city sponsored event, but the city will not be paying for it. It will be paid for by donations from the citizens of Marengo. Gene Lindow has been helping quite a bit and UniCarriers has made a sizable donation. We have or will have canisters at places like City Hall, Trio Grill, the Farmers Market, Sullivan’s… They can be moved around.

“We are hoping to set this up as an annual event year after year. Next year, we would like to get schools’ art departments to paint the canisters.

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