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Tenth annual Fireworks on the Lakefront draws crowd

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The Duneland Chamber of Commerce hosted the 10th annual Fireworks on the Lakefront on Monday evening, which saw warm, but fair, weather for the beachfront event. A record crowd of over 13,000 gathered on the beach at the Indiana Dunes State Park.

Porter Police Chief Jamie Spanier reported the process of getting visitors out after the fireworks was slowed down by the number of people who parked on the side of nearby roads.

Spanier said that getting people out took longer because the increased foot traffic from people walking back to their cars required extra caution. “So many people parked on Waverly and 49,” Spanier said. “It took way longer than normal.”

Food vendors served up tasty treats from mini donuts from Decadent Desserts to salty, soft Ben’s Pretzels, the Chamber said in a press release today.

Party DJ kept the crowd entertained and the Miss Indiana, Lydia Tremaine, kicked off the fireworks, by performing the Nation Anthem. The fireworks show began at dusk for a delighted crowd.

“The Duneland Chamber of Commerce couldn’t be prouder of the turnout from last night’s kick off to the 4th of July holiday. Thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the evening with us,” said Maura Durham, Duneland Chamber president.

Fireworks on the Lakefront event would not be possible without the monetary and in-kind donations of new and past supporters, the Chamber said.

The group special thanks to premier sponsor Urschel Laboratories, and Community Partners including the Towns of Chesterton and Burns Harbor for both monetary donations and in-kind emergency service protection, as well as the Town of Porter, National Park Service, and the Indiana DNR for contributions of in-kind emergency services. The Chamber also thanked 1st Source Bank, NITCO, Teachers Credit Union, WIMS radio, BMO, Centier Bank, Porter Health Care System, Porter Bank, and Horizon Bank.


Posted 7/3/2018





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