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UPDATE: Big Spring's "Pops in the Park" Faces Potential Cutbacks

A shortfall of donations could lead to fewer festivities at Big Spring's independence day celebration.
BIG SPRING, TX, (Local Big 2 News) - Big Spring's Chamber of Commerce is struggling to come up with the $45,000 dollars it needs to meet their goal for their annual Pops in the Park celebration.

"Right now, our contributions are coming in a little slower than usual," says Debbye ValVerde, Executive Director of Big Spring's Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber is facing a $25,000 budget shortfall for the event, just a few short weeks until Big Spring's Pops in the Park at the Comanche Trail Amphitheater.

"We have about 18,000 people of not more that do come see our fireworks show," says ValVerde.

Every July 3rd, people line the bleachers behind me to watch pops in the park, but this year without some additional donations, there may not be as much for people to enjoy.

"Maybe downsizing a little bit? I don't know what they will downsize, and hopefully not, if we get these contributions to come in," she says.

Pops in the park includes a fly-over, symphony, and of course fireworks, all in celebration of red white and blue.

"Pops in the park is really for those veterans fought to keep our freedom as well as for those who continue fighting for this freedom," explains ValVerde.

The chamber of commerce briefly considered charging a small fee for attendance, but they decicided against it.

"We want to keep it free for everyone that comes and see the show," ValVerde insists.

She remains optimistic about the chamber's chances to meet their goal.

"This town, Big Spring, Coahoma, Howard county, has always been very very giving. I, in a positive note, want to say that I feel like we'll come up with the money," says ValVerde.

If you would like to make a donation to the Big Spring Chamber of Commerce, you can visit their website at http://www.bigspringchamber.com/

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