The Benton / West City Area Chamber of Commerce presented the 2017 Rend Lake Fireworks on July 1st with the generous sponsorship of local businesses, civic groups, and individual donations. Without this community partnership and support, this event would not be possible. The Rend Lake Community was invited to take part in this holiday tradition that has been part of our area since 1976!
Vendor & Food Booths
We are excited to once again offer food and vendor booths for our attendee’s enjoyment.
Anderson Kettlecorn (South Sandusky), Ann's Gourmet Popcorn, April's Tropical Snow, Burger Shack, Creekbaum Concessions, Elvis' Place, M&M Concessions, S&S Concessions, Schwartz Concessions (South Sandusky), Snowie
Dale's Handmade Camo Rag Bags, Fancy Faces - Face Painting, Hometown Customs - Lighted Items, Rend Lake Locator, Scentsy/Bath Bombs - Nicole Wolf, Sesser Chamber of Commerce, Shawnee Services - Lighted Items, Wood & Such - Randy Avery
Arriving / Leaving
When attending the fireworks, bring lawn chairs, coolers, and blankets; please remember that guns and fireworks are prohibited. For safety and efficiency, please follow the parking and traffic directions provided by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Corps staff, and event volunteers. The dam will be closed to traffic 30 minutes before the fireworks and one hour afterwards for security and safety. The dam will also be closed during any pre-show testing.
After the event, please allow time for traffic to disperse. Please follow parking and traffic directions.
As a general rule of thumb:
All Stars N Stitches, Fifth Seasons Assisted Living, Hometown Customs, Hutchens Bit Service, McDonald's of West City, Mr. & Mrs. Steve Woodfin, State Farm Insurance: Bill Hedges, Wooley Wash, and US Bank.
Shuttles were offered within the Rend Lake Campground areas for this year's event.
Spillway Recreation Area (Festival Location), Rend Lake Visitor Center, South Sandusky Beach Bathhouse & Overflow Parking Lot, South Sandusky Campground Entrance Parking Lot, North Sandusky Campground Entrance Parking Lot
Travel Times: 2pm - 8pm & 10pm - Event close. Shuttle was not available 30 minutes before the fireworks and 45 minutes to an hour after the fireworks. Departure times were listed on signs and may vary due to weather or traffic.
Special thanks to SCT and Pate Funeral Home for making this possible!!!
Parking was available at the Rend Lake Dam / Spillway area, Dam West (by the visitors center), South Sandusky, and North Marcum. $5 parking donations go toward event costs. Handicap parking and shuttle service available from designated areas. Special thanks to the following organizations for volunteering for parking duty:
- Benton Rotary Club: Spillway
- Benton Speech Team: Dam West
- Benton Rangler Girls: South Sandusky
- Benton / West City Area Chamber of Commerce Board: North Marcum
2017 Funding & Sponsorship
We would like to extend special thanks to the following groups and individuals for making this event a reality!
Army Corps of Engineers, City of Benton, Village of West City, Rend Lake Conservancy District, Peoples National Bank, WQRL, Pate Funeral Home, Abbott's Towing, City of Sesser, SCD Rea and Sons Insurance, Legence Bank, State Bank of Whittington, Weeks in Benton, Benton Super Lube, Joe's Pizza, Extreme Exigency, FB McAfoos's, Wooley Wash, Rend Lake Marina, Hutchens Bit Service, McDonald's of West City, Steve & Sue Woodfin, and Village of West City Fire Department.
Additional Thanks to!
Franklin County Sheriff, Sesser Fire Department, United States Air Force, Dynamic Discs, R&J Tactical Lazer Tag, Inflatable Fun, Rainbow Ranch Petting Zoo & Exotic Farm, K&K Buildings & South Central Transit
If you would like to help fund the fireworks or join the planning committee, please contact:
Benton West City Area Chamber of Commerce