A year ago there was discussion as to whether Booneville would buck the system and hold a fireworks show despite Logan County being about five weeks into a burn ban.
There is no need for such conjecture this year.
Just over a week away from the Fourth of July fireworks show, everything appears to be on schedule for the now almost annual event at Bearcat Stadium, according to Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce executive director Stacey McCollough.
Fireworks used for the show next Thursday will be those purchased for the show that did not happen in 2012. But, McCollough said, shelf life should not be an issue.
"The company we ordered from has a climate controlled storage area and it didn’t really make any sense to us to overspend," said McCollough.
Several plans for those explosives were discussed last year, including a Labor Day show, but the burn ban tarried so long it would have been impossible to plan; during homecoming, but fireworks are set off at every home game; or even New Year’s Eve, but nothing materialized.
In what will be McCollough’s first firework show since returning to the BDC/Chamber — the City and BDC/Chamber are co-sponsors of the show — the show will be a stand alone event.
Previous attempts to expand it to a festival, or add cookouts or other activities have been unsuccessful.
"Booneville is a unique team. There are things that work in a lot of areas, for instance where part of my family is from in Western Oklahoma, on the Fourth of July they have the biggest (event) you’ve ever seen," said McCollough. "It is a big deal."
Here, in his first run at the BDC/Chamber, McCollough tried musical performances in the school auditorium before the show — 30 to 40 was a good crowd. Fire departments were on hand for an event one year.
McCollough said that other shooters have questioned why so few were on hand at the stadium. He responded what you don’t see is the number of people who are watching the show from their back yards with family and friends while having events of their own.
The show set for next Thursday will begin at dusk, or about 9 p.m. McCollough said gates will open at 8. It was unclear whether concessions would be available.