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DUNKIRK MAKES CONVENTION BID

The city is making a presentation to the Pyrotechnic Guild Inc. in an effort to secure the group's annual meeting in the year 2000, Director of Development Chales Herron said Wednesday.

The national organization of people who do fireworks shows has 8,000 members of whom 4,000 to 5,000 attend the annual meeting, which is held the second week of August. Herron estimated that the convention would mean $25 million to the county.

Local assets include the large fairgrounds for competition and training, lodging in the dormitories at Fredonia State College and facilities for a banquet for 1,200 in Steele Hall on the college campus.

The city has the harbor and three miles of shoreline and can accommodate 250,000 spectators for the final night's fireworks show, he added.

A decision is expected within the month.

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