SUGAR GROVE – A fireworks show is already on the schedule for this year’s Sugar Grove Corn Boil, set for 9:30 p.m. July 25, the third day of the four-day festival.
But work is underway to raise about $15,000 to pay for the display and to have the show named after Sugar Grove Trustee Bob Bohler, who died of cancer Sunday.
Sugar Grove Trustee Kevin Geary said the festival’s board will consider naming the fireworks show for Bohler at its meeting next month.
“It has not been passed by the board yet, so we can’t say it’s the Bob Bohler fireworks, but the discussion has begun,” Geary said.
The Sugar Grove Corn Boil is a local nonprofit organization that hosts the festival. The Sugar Grove Lions Club used to run the fireworks at the festival, but after the Lions disbanded, the Corn Boil took it on, as well, Geary said.
Bohler did all the work to facilitate it, Geary said. In fact, Bohler already had filed the paperwork for this year’s fireworks before he died, including negotiating a contract with the fireworks company, Geary said.
“Everything is a go,” Geary said. “He had asked for me to step in this year and make sure it comes off without a hitch, so I’m picking up where he left off. We’ve talked to the property owner, the tenant farmer to secure the site for the launch. I’ve been working with the fireworks company, so that everything that is needed is in place.”
Sugar Grove resident Tony Krolak started a GoFundMe page for the fireworks, which has $415 in donations from nine people so far.
Geary said a final push for resident and business donations using donation cans will begin in June. Donations also can be made to the Sugar Grove Corn Boil website, www.sugargrovecornboil.org.
Pat Graceffa, a Sugar Grove Public Library Board member and a Go Fund Me donor, wrote in an email that the Corn Boil’s fireworks display “is one of the finest firework displays you will see in our state.”
“I think this year, the fireworks will have a special meaning to us all in Sugar Grove, because Sugar Grove Village Trustee Bob Bohler was the one who made sure we always had a terrific display every year,” Graceffa wrote.
“Right up to the end, Bob was still helping us with getting the permits, the airport authorization, working things out at the farm, putting together the music track and actually figuring out what special fireworks were included in the display,” Graceffa added.