Fireworks beats rain with spectacular display
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Heat kept the early numbers down during Wednesday evening’s Sizzle in July Fireworks Spectacular at Big Walnut High School in Sunbury. Live entertainment played to a thin audience until the crowd began to swell as the sun dropped.
But smart phones with live Doppler radar indicated that a storm was on the way so the 10 p.m. fireworks display was moved forward to 9:30. The sky was still a bit light when the first rockets went up, but storm clouds and advancing darkness made for a spectacular pyrotechnics display.
New this year, the high school’s senior parking lot came alive with four hours of live, on-stage entertainment before the fireworks show. Spectators enjoyed the sounds of YESS Youth Entertainment, Dori-Kay Strom, Simba Jordan, the high school’s 15 Minutes of Fame winners, PopArazzi and (“Hello, Ohio!”) NylonPink.
There were also concession vendors and free bounce houses for kids.
Those seeking pop and patriotic music (and air-conditioning) went inside the high school for the Big Walnut Community Chorus performance. The concert featured tunes such as Elvis’s Don’t Be Cruel, ABBA’s Dancing Queen, tunes by Irving Berlin, and, in keeping with the occasion, patriotic favorites such as America, the Beautiful, My Country ‘Tis of Thee and The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
As always, the longest portion of the evening was leaving the high school following the fireworks display – hundreds of cars and only two exits.
The 2012 Independence Day Community Fireworks were sponsored by the Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce, the Village of Sunbury, Sunbury Chiropractic Center, Vision Concept Technology, American Showa, Ultimate Technology & Security Solutions, Immediate Health Associates/Sunbury Urgent Care, Feazel Roofing Company, Jackson Farms, Cellar Lumber & Roofing Supply, Mudflats Bar & Grill, Eagle Auto Repair, Forman Mini-Storage, BST&G Firefighters Association, Molly’s Flowers & More, Journey Fellowship, DeVore/Snyder Funeral Homes and Sunbury VFW Post 8736.