Local and regional bands will likely play during this year’s celebration. BULLETIN FILE

than 20 minutes,” said Plum- lee.

There’s a mix of restau-

rant owners and the general public who enter that contest and it’s entertaining to see. The Kids Zone will feature

bounce houses, face paint- ing,

ring toss The and activities other

games, balloons, a dunk tank and the DARE truck will be there.


made possible through spon- sors and community part- ners. The motorcycle and truck

show on Saturday continues to expand and there’s always room for more, said Plumlee. “Anyone who has an auto

organization can call me, the more the merrier. We have plenty of space to add addi- tional shows,” he said. There is a parade Friday

night but those details had not been worked out at press time.

Music is always a big part

of the event but the acts had also not been finalized. Last year, Aaron Tippin was the headliner but it would not likely be a big name act like that, said Rickey Crawford, technical director and Sheid facility manager. There will not be the Thursday night concert at The Sheid that there has been in previous years, but local and regional bands will likely play during the celebration. Ballard says he would like

to see this grow even more to a week-long event but it will take more community sup- port and fundraising. He had no idea when he

put on a firework display that it would morph into this. “If you look at hundreds of have

volunteers we

amazing,” Ballard said. “It’s amazing to me it has grown as much as it has.”

32 ❚ MAY/JUNE 2018 ❚ LIVING WELL it’s

What started as a small fireworks display now features a $25,000 professional display by an award-winning Missouri company. BULLETIN FILE

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