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Prophetstown Fireworks Canceled Due To High River Levels


     The Rock River is receding, but not fast enough for the Prophetstown 4th of July fireworks show. Because of high waters organizers decided to cancel the show altogether.
     Thousands normally line the banks near the Prophetstown State Park where the display goes off every year. The park is closed through July 7th thanks to floods and organizers say there's no other location in town that works logistically and with such short of a time frame.
     "There's really no replacing it. We would not be able to take in enough money at any other location," Gerry Halpin. "We were looking forward to a good crowd because a lot of other towns were either shooting on the 3rd or 5th. We were going to be about the only ones shooting on the fourth so it's disappointing because of that."
     In it's nearly 50 year history, the Prophetstown fireworks have been canceled maybe a handful of times. Last year it was in danger but not because of the river.
     "The Prophetstown Lion's Club had typically been the main funder for the fireworks and just the volunteers and raising the money each year became more difficult," said Karyn Sommers-Buck, Executive Director of the Prophetstown Park District.
     The community came together then and is still making efforts for a fun-filled holiday even without fireworks this year. Tuesday several people were preparing for other events scheduled that got moved to higher ground, including a street painting activity for kids.
      "It's impacted a lot of stuff, not only us with having our streetscape and 5K being re-routed," added Sommers-Buck.
     Concerts in the square on Wednesday and a three on three basketball tournament Thursday are still expected to bring crowds. It won't be what it normally is but they'll make the most of it. The Prophetstown fireworks are already purchased and will just hold over for next year.


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