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No pop and sizzle in Banks for the Fourth

Speedway will be quiet for the holiday, but racing and fireworks are set July 9


For the first time in at least 15 years, Banks will forgo its traditional Fourth of July fireworks show at the Sunset Speedway in Banks next month.

Banks City Manager Jolynn Becker, who said the fireworks display had been happening every year since at least 2000, confirmed Monday that no fireworks will take place July 4, 2016, at the speedway, 485 S. Main St.

“It isn’t happening on the Fourth,” said Becker. “Not a lot of people would come out since it’s on a Monday.”

The speedway’s regional manager, Nikki Gamell, recently approached the Banks City Council about financial support for the fireworks, which cost between $8,000 and $12,000 a year.

Councilors “said they’d help out if [the speedway] got additional sponsors,” Becker said. Instead, the speedway will host fireworks on Saturday, July 9, an evening that coincides with racing, a money-maker for the venue.

There will be no dirt-track racing July 4 — an event that brings in money — because the holiday falls on a Monday this year.

The speedway’s website, sunsetspeedwaypark.com, lists Baseline Pawn and 98.7 The Bill as sponsors of “The Firecracker 100 Fireworks Display.” Racing July 9 will be “NW Extreme Late Models, Super Late Models, Budweiser International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) Modifieds, Bridgeport Logistics Street Stocks and 4-Bee’s.” Not everyone was enthusiastic about the change in dates for the fireworks display, however.

Ray Deeth, former volunteer administrator for the Banks Chamber of Commerce, said he would be “waiting for all the complaints [to] hit the Chamber after no fun on the Fourth.”