Doug Mohre, the man behind Winthrop’s Thanksgiving weekend fireworks show for the past 15 years, is again asking for community support to stage the event.
Mohre, recently retired as co-owner of Sheri’s Sweet Shoppe in Winthrop, said at last week’s Winthrop Chamber of Commerce meeting that he will be soliciting donations from local businesses to pay for the show, which he said costs about $10,000 to put on. “The more we raise, the more we can shoot,” Mohre said. “Everything we collect goes up in the air.”
Mohre said that Winthrop’s show is unique in that it is staged by local people, not by a contracted fireworks display company, and because the fireworks are set off close to the crowd, on the bluff just west of downtown. “We do our own show, which is rare,” Mohre said.
That requires jumping through a lot of regulatory hoops, Mohre said.
Mohre stressed that the show, typically staged on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, is mainly for the local community.
Abilene Hagee, manager at Trail’s End Bookstore, said the fireworks show is vital for downtown businesses because of the large crowd it draws. “That day makes or breaks it for us in November,” she said.
This year’s show is scheduled on Nov. 24 as part of the town’s annual Christmas at the End of the Road celebration.
To contribute to the fireworks fund, make checks payable to the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 39, Winthrop, WA 98862.