Excitement Builds For Pottstown GoFourth! Fest

POTTSTOWN PA – Volunteers have raised about $40,000 of a $60,000 goal to ensure an old-fashioned Independence Day (Wednesday, July 4, 2018) fireworks show after 9 p.m. in Memorial Park, West King Street, as part of the second annual Pottstown GoFourth! Festival. Funded entirely by donations, the day-long festival begins at 11:30 a.m. after the end of a 10:15 a.m. Rotary Club-sponsored parade.

Fireworks cost about $1,000 per minute, in addition to others costs such as fire department fees. “We cannot begin to fund this festival through bucket collections alone,” says co-chairperson Amy Wolf, who noted that volunteers still are seeking two headlining fireworks sponsors of $10,000 each (or one official and extraordinarily generous sponsor at $20,000).

International Fireworks of Douglassville PA is creating the show. While there is not a rain date for the entire festival, the rain date for fireworks only will be July 13.

What to expect at GoFourth!

Parties interested in marching or driving in the Pottstown Rotary Club July 4th parade should contact pottstownrotary@gmail.com as soon as possible to register. A modest registration fee covers traffic control and other related expenses. The parade will begin at 10:15 a.m. at High and Adams Streets and continue west to Manatawny Street. Participants and spectators are encouraged to continue on to the King Street entrance of Memorial Park to participate in the festival.

The festival will include activities geared toward families, including the noon-to-3 p.m. appearance of “Grandpop Bubbles,” a performance artist who creates enormous bubbles to delight young and old alike. Grandpop Bubbles’ performance, and all of the children’s activities for the day, are being sponsored by ROG Orthodontics.

Other attractions will be inflatable rides and attractions, from noon to 8 p.m.; the Fabulous Faces face-painting artists from 2 to 4 p.m.; Wacky Patti, a balloon artist, from 3 to 5 p.m.; and Levram the Great, a “Colonial Conjurer” who will roam the grounds with his magic act from 4 to 8 p.m.
In addition, local non-profit organizations will offer games, prizes, and give-aways.

Last year’s diverse and professional live entertainment was a real hit with those in attendance. This year’s line-up, sponsored by Wolf Baldwin & Associates, includes The Andrea Nardello Band, presented by Montgomery County Community College, at 11:30 a.m.; Chestnut Grove, presented by Pottstown Parks & Recreation, at 1:30 p.m.; Brian Fitzy, at 3:30 p.m.; Hector Rosado & Orchestra Hache, at 5:30 p.m.; and Modern Luxe, at 7:30 p.m.

Also new this year will be a “Royal Court” competition. Homecoming queens and kings from the Pottstown, Owen J. Roberts, Boyertown, and Spring-Ford Area school districts are encouraged to compete through fund-raising to be named king and queen of the Pottstown GoFourth! Royal Court; the second-highest fund-raisers will be named prince and princess of the court.

The U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team will have a balloon launch of multiple balloons from the park around 6 p.m. Last year’s visitors also loved a variety of food trucks and the Sly Fox beer tent; all will return this year.

About 20 food vendors are expected at the festival, additional culinary offerings are welcome. Quality arts and crafts vendors also will feature their wares, but additional artisans are encouraged to participate. The PottstownGoFourth.com website provides relevant information for both; vendor applications can be found at http://www.pottstowngofourth.com/vendor-apps.

Other activities complementing GoFourth! events at the park include opportunities to play miniature golf at Manatawny Green, and ride the Colebrookdale Railroad, a gold sponsor of this year’s festival. It intends to conduct short runs to and from the park to the Boyertown station. The nearby Carousel of Pottstown will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Rotary Club also will hold its 26th Annual Duck Race on Manatawny Creek the afternoon of July 4, with a 4 p.m. duck launch. By selling duck sponsorships, the Rotary will benefit charities in the greater Pottstown area, including PottstownGoFourth! To sponsor a Rotary duck, go to pottstownrotary.org (or purchase a duck at the GoFourth festival on July 4); to make a parade contribution, please send a tax-deductible donation to the Pottstown Rotary Community Endowment Fund via P.O. Box 227, Pottstown PA 19464.

Donations are tax-deductible

The Pottstown GoFourth! organization now is an official Pennsylvania 501c3 non-profit corporation. It operates under the TriCounty Community Network, which manages all GoFourth! finances and reporting. Co-Chairperson Amy Francis emphasizes that not a penny of taxpayer money supports the July 4 festivities, making fund-raising essential.

“No Pottstown Borough funds help to pay for this celebration,” Francis said. “It is completely funded by sponsorships and donations made by businesses and individuals who want to offer our greater Pottstown community a fun, family-oriented event … a happening that showcases all the positive community spirit and amenities that Pottstown has to offer.”

Tax-deductible donations can be made by donating online at PottstownGoFourth.org, or by sending a check made payable to the TriCounty Community Network (TCN); donors should note “Attention: GoFourth” in the memo line on the check. Checks may be sent to Pottstown GoFourth! Festival, PO Box 1362, Pottstown PA 19464.

Businesses or individuals may sponsor various entertainment providers and activities, and in exchange they will receive publicity and other benefits including (for upper level sponsors) preferred seating during the fireworks display. To learn more about becoming a sponsor, go to PottstownGoFourth.com or email PottstownGoFourth@gmail.com.

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