Fireworkds show 'pops' at city park

Pops in the Park went off with a bang this year. Despite the dry conditions, Crossroads residents were able to enjoy a safe fireworks display Sunday evening in Comanche Trail Park. “Everything was well thought out, well planned and well executed,” Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Sullivan, said. “We knew we could take care of it.”Pops began with a performance by the Fab4 Beatles tribute band and was followed by a presentation of the colors ceremony and music from the Big Spring Symphony. “Most towns don’t have anything like this,” said Ron Moulton, a Fab4 member playing Paul McCartney. During the flag ceremony, attendees were witness to a four-plane fly over from the Commemorative Air Force Museum. The fly over included the missing man formation. “The turnout was really good and the work the firefighters did to prepare was excellent,” said Debbye ValVerde, executive director of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce. “This is something we can give back to the community and we hope everyone enjoyed it.”Despite the controversy leading up to the fireworks presentation — some residents were understandably concerned since the area hasn't received significant rainfall since last September — this year’s fireworks went off with out any major problems. According to Sullivan, the firefighters didn’t encounter anything different this year than in previous years. “This year went extraordinarily well. We were expecting some small fires, as we always do,” Sullivan said. “We had a few small fires, but none that were a danger to the people.”The fireworks display lasted about 45 minutes. “This year went amazingly well. Even with the dry conditions everything went well,” said Jan Hansen, Pops in the Park chairperson. “This was a hard year, especially the few weeks leading up to Pops, but we are thankful we could have it. We owe a large thank you to the firefighters for their help and cooperation.”As always, Pops in the Park is a free event for Crossroads residents, but nonetheless it’s only made possible through the generous contributions from area residents and local sponsors. The Pops in the Park committee will continue to accept donations for next year’s display. For those wanting to donate, contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 1391, Big Spring. “The fireworks display here is light years ahead of ours. The amphitheater is a jewel and I hope Big Spring residents appreciate what they have here,” Moulton said. “The display and Big Spring are fabulous.”