Everyone in Portage Lakes and the surrounding area anticipates the annual fireworks show, shot off from Mason’s Landing in Portage Lakes Park every year, this year marking the 36th year. The 30-minute fireworks show is set for 10 p.m. July 1.

Whether you parked in the state park, along businesses up and down Route 93 and South Main Street to enjoy the show, it is possible due to the efforts of the Portage Lakes Fireworks Association, according Dano Mundy, chairman of the association. The fireworks show is the largest privately funded event of its kind in the state of Ohio. The PLFA is ca 501C3 charitable organization.

In past years, estimates for the crowd at the event range between 50,000 and 75,000 people.

"There are seven members of the association working year around to raise funds for the event," Mundy said. Letters are sent to businesses and and residents donate through the website."

Mundy was asked to be a volunteer for the association by Randy Norris, a local business owner, who started the fireworks tradition in 1985.  

"We are always looking for new volunteers to help, Mundy said.

The fireworks show will be simulcast on radio station 91.3 FM The Summit. The American Fireworks, of Hudon, is shooting the show.

Rain date for the show is 10 p.m. July 2.

"We are still taking donations, people can donate at PLFA.net or mail checks to PLFA to PO Box 26923 Akron, Ohio, 44319," Mundy said.

As one fo the largest in the nation, no tax dollars have ever been used on any aspect of the show.

"The event is the best around," Mundy said