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Lou E. Loon, Mascot for the Great Lakes Loons baseball team, was "in the house" for the Fireworks Auction. Pictured with Lou E Loon are Doug Clark (Left) and Dave Nelson (right) of Simmons Jewelry.
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Who Doesn't Like Fireworks?

March 6, 2011       Leave a Comment
By: O. J. Cunningham

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Steve Armstrong and the 25 Cent Beer Band were getting ready to perform on the Entertainment Stage during the annual 2011 Fireworks Auction/Fundraiser on Sunday over at BARTS on Midland Street in Bay City.

"Were just honored to be a part of the event," Steve Armstrong said. "Who doesn't like Fireworks?"

That just about sums up what everybody in Bay City says about the annual Fourth of July Fireworks 3-day event every July.

SAME OLD SONG AND DANCE -- Jeff Doan (Left) and Mike Gwizdala were back at the helm for the 2011 Bay City Fireworks Fundraiser held at BARTS on Bay City's West Side and Televised by Bay3 TV.
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Long-time auctioneers Jeff Doan and Mike Gwizdala were at the microphones all day Saturday and Sunday hawking the over 200 different donated items to the television viewing public. The entire event was televised live by Bay3 TV over Charter Cable Channels #99 and Channel 991.

According to Doug Clark, President of the Bay City Fireworks Association, everything is "right on schedule" as far as the money for the 2011 event is concerned.

Clark says the event will be June 30, July 1st and July 2nd this year because the Fourth of July is on a Monday. "We want to keep the Thursday-Friday-Saturday schedule," Clark said.

Clark said the goal this year for the weekend auction is anywhere close to $15,000. "Times are tough," Clark admitted. "But we're doing just fine this year."

Big items still on the auction block as of Sunday afternoon were:

  • Queen Size Mattress donated by Chip Matuszewski (Sleep Doctor)

  • Berkline Massage Chair donated by Chad Cunningham (Prime Bros.)

  • Three Month Membership Old Town Gym (Ray Neering)

  • Vegas/Cancun/Carnival Cruise -- Old Town Gym (Ray Neering

  • Slot Machine donated by CrimeStoppers (Tom Matuszewski)

    "Who Doesn't Like Fireworks?" -- Steve Armstrong of the 25 Cent Beer Band performed on Sunday at the 2011 Fireworks Fundraiser. Pictured below are (Left) Stevie Hornak and (Right) Levi Goodwin.
    (MyBayCity Photo by O. J. Cunningham)

    Mike Bissonnette of Bissonnette Sound Stage & Lighting was at the Control Board for the televised event. Pictured at right is Marianne. (Bissonnette: (989) 631-6512
    (MyBayCity Photo by O. J. Cunningham)

    Elvis Impersonator Danny Vann (Left) performed on Sunday. Vann posed with Doug Clark after his performance and donated copies of his (Vann's) CD Release -- "The Other Side of Elvis."
    (MyBayCity Photo by O. J. Cunningham)

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    O. J. Cunningham is the Publisher of Cunningham previously published Sports Page & Bay City Enterprise. He is the President/CEO of OJ Advertising, Inc.

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