Big Spring's "Pops in the Park" in Desperate Need of Money

Big Spring's "Pops in the Park" in Desperate Need of Money

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - A Big Spring tradition could fizzle out this year if it doesn't get some much needed help fast.

The Fourth of July skies may not be as bright this year. That's because coordinators for Pops in the Park are struggling to get the money needed for the show.

"It takes us $45,000 in order to put on the show," Debbye ValVerde, Exec. Director for the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce, said.

Right now, they don't even have half of the money needed.

"We're like $25,000 short," Val Verde said.

This is the 17th annual event and it draws about 18,000 people a year.

ValVerde said they've had contributors but if more funds don't come in, Pops in the Park could be downsized.

"It takes a lot of money," she said. "We pay for fireworks, we pay for sound, we pay for pre-show, we pay for the symphony, the flyover."

Val Verde said decisions about what could be cut would be up to the Pops in the Park board. It's something they don't want to see happen.

"This is in honor of our veterans and those who fought for this freedom so that's what Pops in the Park is really all about," she said.

Still, ValVerde is staying positive that it'll go off with a bang.

"I know this community will come together, it's very giving," she said.

Pops in the Park is July 3rd and all contributions are tax deductible.

If you're interested in donating, you can call the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce at (432) 263-7641.