Archive - 2013 - News Article
Celebrating Independence Day has been a long-standing tradition in Big Spring with Pops In The Park being the climax. The symphony playing songs of patriotism, a slide show honoring veterans and the fireworks display as the grand finale bring rave reviews each year.
To get everyone in a patriotic mood, the Funtastic Fourth has its place in the celebration. This year was the best to date, according to organizers.
â€śIt was a a big success for the Downtown Revitalization Association,â€ť said DRA vice president, Ramon Holguin.
Department of Public Safety officials have released the names of a Big Spring man and woman killed Monday afternoon when the pickup in which they were traveling struck an 18-wheel tractor trailer near the 181 mile marker of Interstate Highway 20.
Eugenio Martinez Arellano, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash at 5:20 p.m. by Howard County Justice of the Peace Kathryn Wiseman, according to accident records filed with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Pops in the Park
schedule of events
Today at the Comanche Trail Park Amphitheater
5 p.m. â€” Amphitheater gates and food vendor booths open.
6:30 p.m. â€” Vocal Trash performs.
7:45 p.m. â€” Welcome and invocation.
8 p.m. â€” Flag ceremony.
8:15 p.m. â€” National anthem with flyover by Commemorative Air Force planes.
8:20 p.m. â€” Big Spring Symphony begins performance.
9 p.m. â€” Video tribute to Howard County service personnel and veterans.
9:45 p.m. â€” Fireworks show.
With a little more than 24 hours to go before they strike up the orchestra and light the fuse on the fireworks, Pops in the Park officials are putting the final touches on preparations for the popular event.
The 16th annual Pops in the Park Independence Day celebration, featuring music, food, fun and fireworks, is set to begin Wednesday afternoon at the Comanche Trail Park Amphitheater.
While the risk factors for wildfires may be at its lowest point in approximately seven years, local fire officials are urging residents to be careful if they plan to include fireworks in their Independence Day celebrations, as the risk of injury is still a major concern.
According to Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan, recent rain and favorable weather conditions have the risk level in the county at low-medium going into the holiday.
COAHOMA â€” Preparations for this year's Freedom Day festivities are just about complete, organizers said.
Coahoma's Freedom Parade, featuring floats, cars and tractors festooned in their red, white and blue best, will make its way down First Street beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday
The parade will start at the Coahoma High School football stadium and proceed south on First, east on the north service road, then north on Sixth Street before ending at the city park.
It's a return engagement five years in the making.
A little bit of â€śGlee,â€ť a bit of â€śStompâ€ť and a lot of high-octane energy will return to Big Spring's annual Pops in the Park celebration when Vocal Trash performs here for the first time since 2008.
The group has been described as â€śGlee meets Stomp,â€ť but its shows defy easy descriptions, even to group members. Mixing a capella vocals, the occasional guitar or trumpet and high-tempo percussion playing on trash cans and whatever else is handy, the group is understandably difficult to label.
Big changes are coming for the Howard-Glasscock Relay For Life. The community wrap up held Thursday was hopeful to say the least, but the American Cancer Society has directed its focus on research, which means some programs fell by the wayside.
Elisha Moberly, health initiative staff from the Odessa ACS, gave an emotional account of the changes that will take effect July 31. Although the programs were funded by private donors, ACS has discontinued the breast prosthesis and bras program as well as the gas cards that were made available to those who couldnâ€™t afford to travel for treatment.
Funtastic Fourth gets under way this evening. The two-day event will continued until about midnight, the resume Saturday morning with a full day of activities, including lots of music and vendors.
It all takes place in downtown Big Spring.
Opening ceremonies, 6 p.m.
Music by Del Castillo, Mad Mexicans & Extremo, beginning at 6 p.m.
Beer sales 6-11:30 p.m.
Many of the vendors will be open.
Food, craft and merchandise vendors throughout the day.