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Thursday's fireworks show worth $12,500

Event planners said this year's Fourth of July fireworks display in Mitchell should be fun for the family, with the net worth of the fireworks being $12,500, according to a Mitchell Exchange Club news release.

The show will start at dusk Thursday at Lake Mitchell. The fireworks will be shot from Windy Point, just east of the west-end bridge. People can tune into KMIT or KORN radio to listen to patriotic music during the fireworks display.

RES Specialty Pyrotechnics, of Belle Plaine, Minn., is handling this year's show. Exchange Club President Troy Eilts said he expects this year's to be a good show.

"RES has done a great job and provided an entertaining show the past few years, and, of course, we expect nothing less this year," Eilts said. "We always hope there will be something new that will bring out the 'ooos' and 'ahhhs' that people will talk about the next day."

The Exchange Club is donating $5,000 to the show, with the help of several Mitchell sponsors: Doug Goehring and Coca-Cola, Tim Herll at Iversons, George and Michele Bittner at Bittner Funeral Chapel, Innovative Systems, Vern Eide, McDonalds, Palace City Lions, Elks Club and CorTrust Bank. On Tuesday evening, the club still had about $500 left to raise. Donations may be sent to the Exchange Club, P.O. Box 811, Mitchell, S.D.

The city of Mitchell will pay the remaining cost of $7,500.

According to AccuWeather, Thursday's weather forecast predicts mostly sunny skies and a high temperature of 87 degrees. Sunset will be at 9:17 p.m. Thursday.