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Fireworks and Dragon Boat Races missing from My Waterloo Days

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Tough economic times have forced local community celebrations to scale back. My Waterloo Days will be missing two popular attractions this year, fireworks and the dragon boat races. Organizers say it's because sponsors are becoming harder to find.

The My Waterloo Days celebration takes almost a full year of planning. Everything from the tents, to the port-a-potties, to the stage need to be set up and put in place.

The man who has to make sure all of that happens is Director Jay Stoddard.

"We're looking pretty good on the set up. The stage should be up by the end of today and the sound up by tomorrow and tested out so from that stand point we're great," said Stoddard.

Over the past couple of years finding sponsors for the fireworks display and dragon boat races has been difficult.

"The economic times has a huge impact on everything. As far as buying beer or buying food and things like this. I mean people during economic times that are different cut back on everything," said Stoddard.

Fireworks range in price from $2,000 for a small display to $20,000 for a large one.

"The fireworks probably are the most expensive thing you could possibly put on at an event like this per second. I mean it's a 27 minute great thing and I love fireworks and so forth but they are so expensive," said Stoddard.

Stoddard also says there is still plenty to do, with events scheduled from Thursday morning through Sunday.

"There's no admission. There's no buttons. This is a free event and so we hope people can take advantage of that even though there might not be as much money in their back pocket as in the past," said Stoddard.

There is still a lot going on this weekend at My Waterloo Days. A number of live musical acts will be performing around downtown along with games, rides, and food vendors.

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