Exeter Lions carrying torch of free fireworks

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The skies above the Valley will be lit up with fireworks on July 4. Red, white and blue will be on display in towns across the state, but the one color Exeter residents won’t have to worry about is green.

In keeping with its 67-year-old tradition, the Exeter Lions Club will put on its annual fireworks display at Dobson Field free of charge to the public. Lions Club member and Exeter Mayor Pro-Tem Jack Allwardt said late Lions member John Schultz started the tradition in 1946 and passed the torch to several others on down through the years. At that time, many fireworks shows were free to communities, but like so many things, the cost has skyrocketed in the last 25 years. Today, Exeter remains the only free community fireworks show in the Central Valley.

Allwardt said the fireworks show costs the club an estimated $15,000 each year, and would be even more if the club did not have its own licensed pyrotechnicians.

“Most of the small towns discontinued these types of shows long ago,” he said. “But we consider it part of our small town obligations and we work hard to keep it going. This is our annual gift to the community.”

In order to offset some of the show’s costs, the Lions Club does accept donations during the display. They also ask viewers not to bring ice chests and beverages and to please buy concessions during the event. One-hundred percent of the concessions will go toward the two youth groups running booths – Exeter Boy Scout Troop 3009 and the Exeter Youth Football Cheerleading Squad.

This year’s fireworks show begins at approximately 8:55 p.m. at Dobson Field on Rocky Hill Drive in Exeter.

“There is about 6 or 7 hours of set up and clean up for what is essentially a 15-20 minute show,” Allwardt said. “We have to check all of the mortar tubes, fuses for the fireworks and then check for duds in nearby orchards following the show. There is a lot of work involved.”

Allwardt, also a member of the American Legion Post 94 in Exeter, will be reading excerpts from the Declaration of Independence to ensure the festivities are in keeping with the spirit of the holiday – celebrating our nation’s 237th birthday.

 

Exeter celebrates annual

Fourth of July in the Park

Prior to fireworks at dusk, the Exeter Chamber of Commerce has again planned a full day of fun, food and festivities.

The annual festivities begin with a Pancake Breakfast under the arbor, a 2 mile walk, 10k run and a Horseshoe Tournament.

The celebration offers fun for the whole family, with face painting and mini train rides as well as a variety of arts and crafts and plenty of great food. Live local entertainment will begin at 10 am featuring stories from local members of the military and the classic rock sounds of “Limited Slip” performing from 1-3 p.m. The Exeter City Park is located on Chestnut & E Streets.

There are still spots available for local hand crafters, game vendors and information booths. Vendor fees for a booth at the Exeter City Park start at only $50. You can profit from the festivities or gain valuable publicity for your organization. Come celebrate this great American holiday with us!

Sponsors for this year’s event include: ABC Bookkeeping & Tax Services Inc., Hometown Emporium, Tricia Kirksey Real Estate; City of Exeter and the Exeter Chamber of Commerce.

For more information contact the Exeter Chamber of Commerce at 559-592-2919 or visit www.ExeterChamber.com.

 

Fireworks at ‘Twilight’ the night

before the 4th in Woodlake

Woodlake’s July 3rd Blast is back and is bigger and better than before.

The event held at Twilight Park, located at 1099 W. Ropes Ave. in Woodlake, will be a fun-filled family event. Activities include game booths, live music, food, a beer garden and, of course, aerial fireworks.

Gates open at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 at Twilight Park. There is no admission but parking is $10 per car.

Sponsors for this year’s event include: Kiwanis of Woodlake, Budweiser and Twilight Park.

For more information, contact Linda LaFluer at 559-564-2485, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.TheTwilightPark.com.

 

Friday Night fireworks the night

after the 4th in Lindsay

The Lindsay Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the Fourth of July on Friday, July 5 during its Friday Night Market and Street Faire.

The ground fireworks will be a small display at Sweet Brier Plaza after dark during the market, which is held from 5-10 p.m. every Friday night.

There is no admission to attend the market. For more information, call the Lindsay Chamber of Commerce at 559-562-4929 or visit www.TheLindsayChamber.com.

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