Fireworks draw cheers after deluge holds off


Despite gloomy skies and an equally gloomy weather forecast, last week's Clintonville Fourth of July celebration went off pretty much without a hitch, said organizer G. Scott Smith.

Speaking July 5 by phone during a downpour he was happy held off for a day, the president of the board for the nonprofit organization that puts on the annual community event was busy with other volunteers cleaning up at Whetstone Park.

"We were very fortunate," he said. "It was threatening all day."

Nevertheless, the community breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K run, now in its second year, were very well-attended, Smith said.

Some of the threat was delivered in the form of rain in the afternoon, but the weather cleared up in plenty of time for the main event.

"We had a great fireworks show," Smith said. "They went off right on time. Everybody was cheering in the field, and that makes us feel good."

The only conditions that would force cancellation of the fireworks are lightning or winds of more than 20 miles an hour.

The show cannot be rescheduled if that were to happen; it's simply too costly to set up a second time, Smith said.

"We've been very fortunate over the years that we haven't had to do that," he said.

Smith said he and the others on the board will rest up, but not for long.

Planning for the 2014 Clintonville Fourth of July celebration will begin in three or four months, he said.