Increased donations mean bigger Monona fireworks show

   MONONA — Last year the Monona Volunteer Fire Department made a plea for more donations so that it could continue hosting the quality Independence Day fireworks show that has been in the community for nearly 60 years. Its efforts have paid off.

   Andy Meyer, one of the firefighters in charge of the show, said this year’s show will be significantly bigger than last year’s.

   “We have about twice the size that we had last year,” he said. “It won’t be much longer – an hour, hour and 15 minutes we’ll get everything up – but it’s going to be a lot busier show.”

   This year’s show will feature some sets with electronic firing, which Meyer said will allow department members to send more shells up at once and also allow them to coordinate the show better than in the past. He said viewers can also expect a couple of surprises with this year’s show.

   “We’re going to let them find out about that on the Fourth,” he said.