O-town goin’ boom

Oroville wins $50,000 July 4 fireworks celebration

A fireworks celebration in Oroville is a certainty this July 4, and the town has resident Deliah Robison to thank for it.

Robison entered the City of Gold into a national competition—the third annual Red, White and You contest—sponsored by newspaper USA Today and TV network Destination America. The city, along with the other winner, Waveland, Miss., was chosen from among more than 2,600 entries, according to USA Today.

Waveland reportedly has not had a fireworks display since the town was struck by Hurricane Katrina a decade ago. Oroville has had a hard time organizing and paying for a display, and the once-annual event over the dam has been canceled a few times in recent years.

The Fourth of July celebration for each town is valued at approximately $50,000.