Pops in the Park celebration Wednesday

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 highlight of the evening will undoubtedly be the annual fireworks display — complete with musical accompaniment from the Big Spring Symphony — there will be lots more for people to enjoy, Pops Committee Chairperson Kelly Seales said.The amphitheater will open to the public at 5 p.m. More than 20 vendors have been confirmed for the event, supplying food and much-needed drink to help people deal with expected high temperatures.The pre-show portion of the festivities will feature Vocal Trash, the Metroplex-based musical group which will perform at Pops in the Park for the first time since 2008. The group has been compared to such successful specialty acts as legendary acapella group Nylons, and Stomp, a popular drum act of which the members are known to play everything from trash cans to kitchen sinks.Vocal Trash is scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m..After the group's performance, there will be an intermission before the evening portion of the celebration begins at 7:45 p.m., highlighted by the annual flag ceremony and a fly-over by Commemorative Air Force planes based out of Midland.Following that, the symphony, directed by Dr. Keith Graumann, will perform a selection of popular and patriotic tunes before a video tribute to Howard County military personnel and veterans is shown at 9 p.m.The highlight of the night, a $20,000 fireworks display conducted by Terry Hurt of Odessa, is scheduled to begin at 9:45 p.m. The display will be synced to a performance of patriotic tunes by the symphony.