Weather holds out for Hebron July 4 fireworks
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Mon., Jul. 1, 2013
This year, in a departure from the usual $10 per carload charge, the Hebron Lions Club decided to offer a free fireworks display prior to the July 4 holiday, on June 29. “We wanted to do something different this year,” said Lions Club President John Johnson. “We wanted to give back to the community that supports us during the Hebron Harvest Fair.”
With thunderstorms in the forecast and the morning starting out rainy, the decision about whether to reschedule was a tough one, according to grounds chair and fireworks chair Bob Schadtle. “We have to make the decision by 9 a.m.,” said Schadtle. Since the forecast was calling for even worse conditions for the following four days, the commitment was made to Saturday.
According to Schadtle, 3 p.m. is the point of no return for the fireworks. “After that, they’re going to be shot off, it’s just a question of when,” he said. Once the mortars are loaded into the tubes, they can only be removed by firing them, said Schadtle. And, they must be babysat at all times by police and a fire crew. Once the mortars are loaded, “We’ll wait however long we have to, then shoot them off,” said Schadtle.
Fortunately, the skies had cleared by the time the fairgrounds opened at 4 p.m. As the afternoon wore on, more and more visitors arrived to claim a spot on the hillside overlooking the fairgrounds, or to set up chairs in the parking lot. There were attractions, including a bouncy house, a hayride and a climbing wall, to keep early arrivals entertained. There were a number of refreshment vendors, and a live performance by Uninvited Wilson on a small grandstand set up at one end of the grounds. The skies remained clear throughout the evening, and the pyrotechnics show went on as planned at 9:30 p.m.
The Hebron Lions are already beginning to gear up for this year’s Hebron Harvest Fair, scheduled for Sept. 5 through 8. Special attractions this year are a performance by Florida Georgia Line and a Country Music Showdown, featuring six different country bands, sponsored by The Farmer's Cow. “We’re excited about the Florida Georgia Line cruising into the Hebron Harvest Fair,” said this year’s fair superintendent, Adam Miclette.