Patriotic Celebration

Fireworks to again highlight
Regatta festival events

American Legion Post 9
to again sponsor fireworks

Staff Report

MADISON, Ind. (April 2003) – For the third consecutive year, the American Legion Post 9 of Madison will sponsor the fireworks show during festival week at the Budweiser Madison Regatta supported by Belterra Casino Resort unlimited hydroplane races. This year's show will take place around 9 p.m. (EST-slow time) Saturday, July 5, from a barge on the Ohio River.
regattalogoThis family oriented event annually draws one of the largest crowds of local residents and tourists alike and one of the main reasons the Legion has sponsored the event, according to Post 9 Cmdr. Bill Bruther. He made the announcement at an April 10 press conference, along with Legion trustees Arthur Perkinson, Bob Bladen and Dan Kidwell.
"We believe the city of Madison and Jefferson County as well as the surrounding area will be served well and get more out of the fireworks than ever before" considering recent military events in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past year, Bruther said. "It's a celebration of our freedom and a great American bpasttime to cherish and not forget, and will be especially significant with the latest activities in Irag," he said.
Madison Regatta president Ann Geyman said "everyone looks forward to the fireworks show and there cannot be a better fit than the American Legion (as a sponsor). They remind us of the men and women who are now fighting overseas to safeguard our freedom at home."

Regatta fireworks

Photo by Don Ward

From left, Crystal McHargue,
Post 9 Cmdr. Bill Bruther, Ann
Geyman, Mike Adams and
Madison Mayor Al Huntington.

The free event is Madison's way of celebrating the Fourth of July holiday and a special time for families, said Madison Mayor Al Huntington.
"The fireworks show is one of our most popular family events of the year, and it is especially significant this year for patriotism as we show our support for the troops overseas," Huntington said. "As mayor, I just want to say how much I appreciate the American Legion stepping up and sponsoring this event for the third straight year."
The Legion pays nearly $20,000 to sponsor the event, Bruther said. The half-hour show is staged by the Zambelli family, who launch the rockets from a barge in the middle of the river just after dark.
This year's Madison Regatta festival will run from June 28 to July 6, with the race events occurring on the July 5-6 weekend. These include Hydro-Prop’s Budweiser Unlimited Hydroplane Series presented by BoatShopper, and the Bob Snelling Vintage Memorial Event with 30 vintage hydroplanes and a thrilling air show. There are many other events leading up to race weekend. These events include a Regatta queen pageant and music festival, plus the Vaughn Drive midway.

• For more information or to order wristbands, call (812) 265-5000.

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