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Updated: 06/20/2014 12:58:31PM

Saturday BBQ to raise money for LP fireworks

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As a rule of thumb, fireworks that lift off the ground and explode cannot be used for recreational purposes in Florida without a special permit. Such illegal fireworks include firecrackers, bottle rockets, cherry bombs, and Roman Candles.

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Barbecue chicken dinners will be offered Saturday in uptown Lake Placid to help raise money for an extravagant Fourth of July fireworks show over Lake June-In-Winter. The barbecue will be hosted by the Lake Placid Jaycees, which has presented fireworks in Lake Placid for more than four decades.

“It is with humbling respect and patriotic spirit that we, the Lake Placid Jaycees, organize the 4th of July fireworks celebration every year,” said spokesman Donald Clarke. This year, as in past years, the Jaycees have worked various projects to raise money for the fireworks display.

The chicken barbecue has proven to be a major source of money for the fireworks. Diners can enjoy a barbecue chicken meal and, at the same time, help support the fireworks effort. Cost is $10, with all proceeds going to the fireworks fund and its goal of $11,000.

The barbecue meals of chicken, baked beans, cole slaw and roll will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from the pavilion in Stuart Park. Tickets are available at the Lake Placid Chamber of Commerce, 18 N. Oak Ave.; Clarke Pest Control, 309 S. Main Ave.; or Happiness Farms, 704 County Road 621 E. Tickets will also be available at the serving line, while supplies last.

“We are approaching the time of year when we will again celebrate the birth of our country, the time to reflect on the generosity and courage that makes our country the greatest on Earth,” Clarke said. “It is also a time to take a moment to remember all those who sacrificed to build our vast nation from the wilderness that was discovered so very long ago.”

Donations to the fireworks fund are appreciated, Clarke said, and can be sent to: Lake Placid Fireworks Fund, P.O. Box 2490, Lake Placid, FL 33862-2490.