Abbotsford’s jubilee fireworks saved

Abbotsford’s jubilee fireworks saved

Sponsor shortfall had left pyrotechnic conclusion to annual Christmas event on the chopping block

A local business has stepped up to save the fireworks display that has concluded the annual Downtown Abbotsford Winter Jubilee in recent years.

Organizers had issued a last-minute call for $2,500 to save the explosive event, which takes place at the conclusion of the winter jubilee on Dec. 1. Shortly after, Hub Insurance came through for the event.

Tanis Sullivan, the sponsorship co-ordinator for the event, said “unforeseen circumstances” had resulted in several of the jubilee’s sponsors to not be able to contribute this year. With it also difficult to find new sponsors, the fireworks show was on the chopping block.

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“Things seem to be tighter this year for a lot of organizations,” Sullivan had said. “This year we may have to cancel [the fireworks] due to a lack of funds.”

The jubilee is entering its 29th year, but the fireworks are relatively new, having been introduced in 2016. Sullivan said the pyrotechnics were a “huge hit,” and helped bring a record crowd of 6,000 downtown last year.


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