Mutual Federal joins in supporting bicentennial fireworks


SIDNEY — Mutual Federal Savings Bank will be joining in sponsoring the Fourth of July fireworks display, according to Shelby County Commissioner/Shelby County Bicentennial Committee Co-Chair Bob Guillozet. The annual event will be held on July 4 at 10 p.m. at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

“Mike (Sidney Mayor and Shelby County Bicentennial Committee Chair Mike Barhorst) confirmed their participation yesterday,” Guillozet said in a press release Friday, June 28. “Mutual Federal joins Wilson Health, Emerson Climate Technologies, Buckeye Ford, NK Telco, Cargill, Ferguson Construction, Goffena Furniture and S&S Hospitality Management in sponsoring this year’s show.”

“It’s been said before but it bears repeating that our community is so fortunate to have so many civic-minded partners who have stepped forward to help fund Shelby County’s Bicentennial celebration,” Guillozet continued. “It is our hope that all those who have enjoyed the bicentennial activities including the fireworks will take the time to thank the sponsors for their generosity,” Guillozet added.

High-Tech Special Effects has been contracted for this year’s fireworks show. The company, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, is known for their spectacular shows.

“They have worked on huge events,” Guillozet said, “including the 2005 Presidential Inauguration with George W. Bush, episodes of the popular television show Duck Dynasty, NASCAR events, the Memphis Grizzles and Houston Rockets of the NBA, the MTV Music Awards and World Championship Wrestling.”

“This will be the largest show ever seen in Shelby County,” Guillozet said. “The show’s special features are only possible because of the generosity of the donors, including Mutual Federal.”

Founded in 1922, Mutual Federal Savings Bank merged into and has subsequently operated as part of First Bank Richmond (Indiana). Mutual Federal has two offices in Sidney, two in Piqua and one in Troy.

In addition to the fireworks display, the Sidney Civic Band will perform on July 4. The concert will begin at 9 p.m. and will feature patriotic music. Once the fireworks begin, the band will play a series of marches through the conclusion of the show. The band will set up on the tennis courts at Sidney High School. Those who plan to attend the concert and fireworks should bring lawn chairs.