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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.
â€śEverything was well thought out, well planned and well executed,â€ť Howard County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tommy Sullivan, said. â€śWe knew we could take care of it.â€ť
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.
â€śMost towns donâ€™t have anything like this,â€ť 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.
â€śThe turnout was really good and the work the firefighters did to prepare was excellent,â€ť said Debbye ValVerde, executive director of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce. â€śThis is something we can give back to the community and we hope everyone enjoyed it.â€ť
Despite the controversy leading up to the fireworks presentation â€” some residents were understandably concerned since the area hasn't received significant rainfall since last September â€” this yearâ€™s fireworks went off with out any major problems. According to Sullivan, the firefighters didnâ€™t encounter anything different this year than in previous years.
â€śThis year went extraordinarily well. We were expecting some small fires, as we always do,â€ť Sullivan said. â€śWe had a few small fires, but none that were a danger to the people.â€ť
The fireworks display lasted about 45 minutes.
â€śThis year went amazingly well. Even with the dry conditions everything went well,â€ť said Jan Hansen, Pops in the Park chairperson. â€śThis 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.â€ť
As always, Pops in the Park is a free event for Crossroads residents, but nonetheless itâ€™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 yearâ€™s display.
For those wanting to donate, contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 1391, Big Spring.
â€śThe 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,â€ť Moulton said. â€śThe display and Big Spring are fabulous.â€ť