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YAKIMA, Wash.- State Fair Park Gets Ready for the Fourth of July

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YAKIMA, Wash.- The number of sponsors may be down this year but the program is still expected to be as strong as last year and the fireworks just as big. There are even more activities.

Employees and volunteers spent Friday readying State Fair Park, organizing the fireworks and setting up a stage for concerts. Coordinators say paying for this event was a concern.

"We know these are tough time and people are being more tight with their money," said Event Chairman Michael Shepard.

Which is why there were fewer individual donations and sponsors.

The fireworks show alone costs more than $30,000 and the entire event is $70,000.  Luckily, donations came in the last few days.

"Some organizations stepped up so it'll be nip and tuck for us but we're expecting to cover the costs," Shepard.

Regardless, people say they'll be attending this Fourth of July event to keep tradition.

"Pretty much every year," said one person attending the event.

"It's like a big family gathering it brings us together, and we go, talk," said Terry Hopkins, who plans to watch the fireworks show.

The carnival opened Friday. The fireworks show will begin Saturday at 10 p.m.

Admission and parking are free to the public.