Months of planning go into annual Monona fireworks show

Dan Havlicek (left) and Andy Meyer bury a pylon onto which the grand finale tubes will be placed. 

MONONA — What does it take to put on what is considered one of the best northeast Iowa fireworks shows? Months of planning.

Andy Meyer, who coordinates the show for the Monona Volunteer Fire Department, said he starts talking to the company that the Department purchases the shells in the show from in April.

“I start talking back and forth with the fireworks company to get a hard number on how many shells and what our budget is going to be,” he said.

Meyer said the department attempts to use only money that it has received in donations the year before to put on the following year’s show. This year’s show, which cost approximately $12,000, was aided by a large donation from Freedom Bank.

Read more in the Wednesday, July 11, 2018 edition of The Outlook.