Fireworks shows costing some upwards of $10,000Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With the area's best and brightest firework shows just around the corner, the costs to put them on are piling up.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With the area's best and brightest firework shows just around the corner, the costs to put them on are piling up.
While cities and sponsors are steep spenders, families are also dishing out a lot of cash leading up to the holiday.
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Whether you're buying your own or heading into town for the beauty that lights up the sky, some of the spending costs are enough to make jaws drop.
This year Bonanzaville's show is capped at $12,000 and 20 minutes. Add $500 and 10 minutes more for MSUM's.
David Wahlberg, MSUM Marketing & Communications: “Being a part of this community, that's a small investment and we want to remember what the days all about.”
Ron Knutson, Memory Fireworks Manager: “Maybe these small towns will come in and provide a $2,000-$3,000 show for their public.”
City shows aren't the only ones bringing big bills. Several families are spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a single night.
Knutson: “We have the guys that come in with the grocery carts and they want to fill them up and maybe they fill up 6, 8, 10 carts.”
For Joel Erickson of Paige it's a fraction of that but prices still add up fast.
Joel Erickson, Paige, ND: "All the grandkids are going to be home this year and that hasn't happened for a while, so I wanted to make it a little more special.
He's not alone. Most customers spend anywhere from $10 to $10,000.
Knutson: "As you get to the thousand, that's kind of the average big show."
Murphy: “It's just something we've always done for years. It's part of the fourth. The kids love it."
Clear from the joy on their faces loading the cart.
Erickson: "Yeah it's worth it. You're building memories. These kids get their memories and they don't forget it. So I'm big on that."
And by the looks of it, he'll put on one big show.
MSUM increased its firework show budget this year, part of the university's 125th anniversary kickoff.