Madera, CA (Vocus) June 18, 2010
Thanks to the generosity of a Southern California business, the annual patriotic display over Bass Lake will be happening again this year.
The Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce, which oversees the patriotic annual display that is a major boon to the area’s economy, was notified after last year’s show, that the dock that had been used to launch the pyrotechnics was no longer sufficient. “The barge was no longer able to support the weight,” said Leslie Cox with the chamber. “It’s a wooden swim float, perfectly fine for a swim float, but it can no longer support the weight of 13 pyrotechnicians, equipment, fireworks and other gear,” she said.
The Chamber had sought bids for a new dock, hoping to be able to afford an aluminum replacement. While some bids for what they wanted back back, they were all more than the small chamber could afford. Even a wooden dock was going to cost more than $28,000. When combined with the $25,000 the chamber raises annually, for the fireworks, it was a daunting task.
That’s when Jim Forster with Anakenesis Technologies, a San Marcos based company, stepped forward saying he thought they could provide a better barge for less price. The result was an all aluminum dock for far less than the planned $28,000. Anakenesis even helped find the most affordable shipping method, and assembled the dock for free. All told, the project cost less than $21,000. “It was a super good deal, even less than the wood dock,” said Cox.
Anakenesis’ contribution to the fireworks display is greatly appreciated by the business that surround Bass Lake, a beautiful reservoir once named by Sunset Magazine as The West’s Best Lake. The annual fireworks display is a tremendous boost to the regional economy. “Businesses around Bass Lake derive a substantial percentage of their annual business from the July 4 holiday. A lot of the business spills over in to the other mountain communities, having a great economic impact for the whole region,” said Cox.
Thousands of people come from throughout California and beyond to see the fireworks. It’s an annual event that many people look forward to each year. “We see a lot of people who make it a point to come every year,” said Dan Cunning with the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau. “The stunning photos of the event explain why. When you see the fireworks against the backdrop of the towering pines reflected in the waters of Bass Lake, it really is a memorable scene. Families come together and celebrate what makes this country great. That’s what July 4 is all about,” he said.
The fireworks will be launched off of the new barge, which will be floating between The Pines Resort and The Forks Resort, at 9 pm. July 4. The best vantage points will be from the Sheriff’s station to the falls, or any spot on the water.
Michelle Miller, Miller's Landing Steve Welch, Bass Lake Realty, Jill Cooley, Village Corner
Chuck Nugent, Good Ol Daze, Leslie Cox with the Bass Lake Chamber and The Forks Resort,
Steve Riley, Sales Rep, Anakenesis Technologies, Inc
Jay Comb, Pyrotechnic David Gerszewski. Installer, Anakenesis Technologies, Inc. Jim Forster, Owner, Anakenesis Technologies, Inc. all celebrate the christening of the new barge that will launch the annual fireworks display at Bass Lake.