MAZOMANIE (WKOW) -- As the pandemic wears on, the Mazomanie community is getting ready to ignite people's spirits this weekend.
After their annual firework celebration was canceled because of COVID-19 and restrictions on outdoor gatherings, the Mazomanie Chamber of Commerce got creative.
They raised over $14,000 through social media, a GoFundMe page and individual donations to hire a private company to launch fireworks over the bluff on Saturday night, according to Natalie Beil, treasurer of the chamber.
"We needed a reason to celebrate," said Beil. "We thought if we could do where everyone could stay at home and socially distance with their loved ones it'd be a great thing to pick up the moral."
Their original fundraising goal, set at the end of May, was $5,000. It quickly grew after dozens of businesses and organizations and hundreds of people donated to pull off the event. A group of local kids also donated $100 after hosting a lemonade stand.
Starting at dusk, people will be able to see the firework show from across town. Rookies Food and Spirits will also offer food and drink packages for families to watch in their parking lot and wiffleball field.
David Boyer, general manager of Rookies, said he hopes a lot of people will come out to enjoy the fireworks and give his business a much-needed boost in revenue.
"People are not going out so if we can offer something a little different outside the box hopefully people will take advantage," said Boyer.
Tables at Rookies will be placed six feet apart and staff will enforce social distancing.
Mazomanie officials are welcoming people of all ages to watch the firework show, but are urging everyone to keep a safe distance from others and come with members of their own household.
"A special (event) for people to be with their families and have some sense of normalcy and while it may not be down by the park this year it will be a great show," said Beil.