There will be no parade, fireworks, or other activities in Bonfield on the Fourth of July, 2019 due to a lack of volunteers.
Jim Watters, village board member stated on his Facebook page, “It’s with a heavy heart I have to announce that the Bonfield 4th of July will not be happening this year due to lack of help. Maybe we can bring it back with help from our townspeople in 2020”.
The fireworks committee, which is separate from the village government, raises money every year for the fireworks.
Mayor Ron Wildman says it’s hard to keep the events when there are not enough volunteers. “Everyone wants the fireworks, but no one wants to help. Just a few people are doing all the work.”
Wildman relates, “The Fourth of July Committee has folded and no one wants to take over.” He continues, “Most small-town organizations are in the same situation, even the fire departments. No one wants to help.”
Many new volunteers are needed if Bonfield is to continue celebrations like last year’s.
The first day of the 2018 two-day celebration included activities such as a Fishing Derby, a reptile show, and a music show.
July 4 brought biscuits and gravy, the parade, and the Herscher High School band playing on stage. There was bingo, a car and tractor show, with lunch during the day.
Throughout the afternoon, a magician, and face painting, as well as two live bands that entertained the crowd.
The culmination of the two-day event was the outstanding fireworks display at 9:30.