The Curry Coastal Pilot

This year's Fourth of July celebrations at the port in Brookings will feature fireworks, food, vendors andndash; and in a new twist, a classic car show to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Jerry Mangono of Brookings, who's coordinating the car show, hopes to feature 125 to 150 vehicles.

"This has never been done in Brookings," he told an audience of about 30 at a VFW meeting Friday. "This will draw a lot of attention from a lot of people."

In addition to the classic cars, the show will feature tractors, motorcycles and drag-racer "funny cars," he said.

The vehicles will begin arriving Saturday before Wednesday's Fourth of July events, and will be at the Port of Brookings Harbor for viewing from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 1.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation raises funds to grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

"We just hope we can raise enough money to help these poor kids out," Mangono said. "And the more people we can bring up here, the better for Brookings' whole economy."

The VFW has contracted with a pyrotechnic firm in Washington to provide the 20-minute firework show, which will be launched from the jetty as last year.

"They really like it here," said VFW Post 966 Commander Rick Bremer. "They like putting it on here."

A new "letter-type" of fireworks will be presented in this July's show.

"Based on what we've heard, the success of last year's fireworks, everyone was real satisfied," Bremer said. "There were an awful lot of people down there."

VFW officials are still collecting money to provide the fireworks display, estimated to cost $25,000.

The registration deadline for vendors to participate in the event is June 15.

"I hope everything runs as smooth as it did last year," Bremer said. "No kinks. It was a good thing for all."