First Booneville church pastor Eric Green said recently he felt like an Independence Day ceremony was a must because the Booneville community was in need of a celebration.


Saturday night south Logan County is getting one in the annual freedom fireworks show at Bearcat Stadium.


Of course the event will look considerably different than most annual fireworks show organized by the City of Booneville, South Logan County Chamber of Commerce, and First Booneville, but, as the cliche goes, the show must go on.


Booneville schools superintendent Trent Goff acquired permission from state officials to use the stadium for the show, but only as a base point.


Gates to the facility will remain locked with anyone wishing to view the show doing so from in, or near their vehicles in seating provided by themselves.


Masks will be encouraged by those in attendance, Green said, and the background music will be broadcast on an FM radio signal by the church.


The church will also provide free items to those present, distributed by volunteers who will be outfitted in person protective equipment, Green adds.


Additionally, on July 3 and July 4, Chigger Valley Arena in Magazine will be the site of a CRRA/ARA open championship rodeo.


Besides the traditional events in the $4,500 added rodeo and a July 4th fireworks show, the rodeo will feature a calf scramble, renegade race, and money-the-hard-way, all of which are free to participatants.


Other events will include mutton busting for a $10 fee, and barrel pick-up for a $20 fee.


Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for children 5-12, and free for those 4 and under.