Tickets available for Oak Harbor Fireworks Reverse Raffle

Press Staff Writer

        Tickets are currently on sale for the Oak Harbor Fireworks Fund Reverse Raffle, which will be held Saturday, May 14 at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds Hall.
        The Oak Harbor Chamber Foundation is sponsoring the event.
        Doors will open at 5 p.m., dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the drawing will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include dinner and a chance to win more than $5,000 in cash and prizes, with a grand prize of $2,500. Additional meal tickets are $10 each.
        The event will also include raffles, games, sideboards, a cash bar and other activities. The event is open to ages 21 and older. Attendees need not be present to win. Tickets may be purchased from Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce or any board member. All proceeds raised will support the annual Oak Harbor Independence Day fireworks show.
        The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is also seeking donations to help support this year’s fireworks display, in light of increasing costs due to inflation and supply chain issues.
        “Oak Harbor has a history of providing quality, family-friendly community events,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Valerie Winterfield. “The chamber is committed to continuing our annual tradition of having the area’s best fireworks. Amid inflation and supply chain issues, we really need everyone’s help.”
        Winterfield noted the village’s fireworks show, a product of American Fireworks of Hudson, Ohio, typically attracts thousands of spectators from throughout Northwest Ohio. The free, half-day Olde Fashioned Independence Day Celebration, set for Sunday, July 3, includes food vendors, local entertainment, the Apple Festival Royalty Duck Race on the river, inflatables for the children and more.
        Each year, the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce raises funds for its Independence Day event, asking for help from businesses and individuals, however, this year’s inflation and supply chain issues push Oak Harbor to require additional support to maintain the same quality of show, Winterfield said.
        In addition, “Supporter Stars” may be purchased at local businesses and the Chamber office, Memorial Day through June. All proceeds go directly to the fireworks fund. The Chamber is also working with the High School Student Council to facilitate a school fundraiser.
        “A majority of the funding for the event has always come from businesses and annual sponsors, but with requests for donations coming in daily, it is not fair to rely on the businesses alone. We need support from the community members to help keep this event great,” Winterfield said.
        Donations may be made directly to the fireworks fund by dropping off or mailing to the Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce at 161 W. Water Street, Oak Harbor, OH 43449.
        For more information, email or call 419-898-0479.


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