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July 2, 2013

Holiday colors to fill Wacker Park sky — Bursts of color filling the sky and loads of fun found in the middle of the summer are right around the corner for an annual holiday event in Pauls Valley.

Fireworks, watermelon seeds flying through the air and plenty of other festive things will all be a part of this year’s July 4th Independence Day celebration.

This next version of the big gathering is Thursday evening in the local Wacker Park.

Due to ongoing renovations at PV’s football stadium the holiday event will center around the park’s band shell area.

Members of a sponsoring organization believe the site will serve as a good place to hold this year’s celebration.

“That center area seems to be a good place to hold an event,” said Katie Johnson, president of Pauls Valley’s Kiwanis Club.

“We think this year’s celebration will be just as good if not better,” she said, comparing it to the normal site of the nearby Thompson Field.

Officially it all get going around 5 p.m. Thursday as such fun inflatables as a moon bounce will be ready to go.

About an hour later Kiwanis members will begin selling hamburgers, hot dogs and popcorn as part of the club’s big fundraiser.

It’s also around 6 p.m. when registration begins for those looking to take part in Pauls Valley’s annual world-class watermelon seed spittin’ contest.

The seed spitting is scheduled to get underway around 7 p.m.

Live entertainment is expected to get going soon after on the band shell stage.

A pre-fireworks program will get started at 9 p.m. followed by the holiday explosions in the sky somewhere between 9:20 and 9:30 p.m.

The band shell was chosen by the club as the site of this year’s event after a number of other places were considered.

The need for reliable electrical power was a big factor in the decision, while club members believe the fireworks show will still work well.

“We decided of the options available to us this was the best one,” Johnson said.

“We changed the angle of the mortars slightly to hopefully help with the visibility,” she said about those fireworks.

“We looked at the layout of the park. We want our patrons to have the best view of the fireworks.”

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