The annual fireworks display attracted thousands to Shenango River Lake.
CLARK, Pa. -- The sky over Shenango River Lake will be strangely quiet this July Fourth holiday.
There will be no fireworks display at Tara, A Country Inn, just off the state Route 18 causeway on the southern side of the lake.
Jim Winner and Winner International made the announcement Wednesday. Winner owns Tara.
Reasons: Winner said the primary reason for canceling the show is that the employee who handled it, Ed Freund, is out of town and won't be available for the holiday.
A secondary factor is that the show was always a part of the company picnic that took place at Tara, although the public was welcome to come out and view the display.
There won't be a company picnic this year, however, because the employees have opted to spend time with their families in other locations, Winner said.
Attendance had been dropping the past couple of years and it was the employees' decision not to have a picnic this year, he added.
That doesn't mean the annual Christmas holiday kickoff in downtown Sharon this fall won't have fireworks. That show will go on, Winner said.
Popular attraction: The loss of the fireworks show at Tara is sure to disappoint the thousands of people who would flock to the area and begin lining up along local roads and Route 18 hours before the display.
Hundreds more took to the lake in boats to watch from the water.
Two years ago, two people died in an ultralight-aircraft crash at the lake around 8 p.m. as crowds were gathering for the fireworks display.
Witnesses said the craft was buzzing the lake near Tara before the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board ruled that the pilot, Joseph Kell, 28, and his passenger, Keith Brannon, 19, both of Sharon, died as a result of pilot error. Kell didn't have a pilot's certificate or FAA airman medical certificate, the NTSB said.