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July 2, 2014

Holiday fun returns back home — The explosive and colorful fun of Pauls Valley’s annual July 4th event is headed back to a very familiar place.

Holiday festivities organized by the PV Kiwanis Club, with an assist going to the local Lion’s Club , will again be centered around the football stadium located in the local Wacker Park.

It all takes place during the evening hours of Friday, July 4.

Although last year’s big show at the park’s band shell went really well, Kiwanis President Chris Carson said a decision was made to return it back to the place it’s called home for a long time.

“There was a community feel to having the show at the park,” Carson said. “There was a lot of positive feedback about last year’s show.

“But the main spot for the show this year will be inside the stadium,” he said.

“A lot of people like it being in the stadium. It’s more traditional. A lot of people told me they like the way the fireworks go over the hedges in the stadium.”

Last year the show was forced to move a few yards away to the band shell because a school renovation project at the stadium was still ongoing at that time.

As for those fireworks, there will in fact be more of them for the Independence Day crowd to enjoy.

“We’re spending about 40 percent more on fireworks than we did last year,” Carson said.

“The fireworks should be considerably better.”

In all a total of $21,000 is expected to be spent on just the fireworks.

Firework money comes from Kiwanis fundraisers throughout the year, helped by a number of local businesses, along with a boost from the local tourism tax revenue.

Adding to it all is the show is far from limited to those inside or even near PV’s stadium.

Those celebrating the July 4th holiday anywhere near the town, maybe within a mile, can turn on their radio and have the show choreographed with the fireworks.

“There will be the traditional songs and a few more modern songs,” Carson added.

“If you’re within a mile you can get choreographed with the show on your radio.”

Inside the stadium starting in the early evening hours there will be live music, inflatable rides for kids, hamburgers right off the grill and snow cones.

Proceeds from the snow cone stand will go to help a Pauls Valley band student hoping to be part of a European tour next year.

There will also be an activity that Pauls Valley is known for — the watermelon seed spitting championships.

Another big plus is Pauls Valley’s brand new water park located only a few steps from all the holiday action.

It’s this attraction that Carson says adds to the Kiwanis Club’s hope to make Pauls Valley a July 4th destination spot for more people.

“We’re trying to get it where you can spend the whole day in Pauls Valley,” he said.

“People can spend part of the day at the new water park, and we’ll start selling burgers around 5 (p.m.).

“We’re hoping people will make a day of it in Pauls Valley, hitting our water park, hitting our restaurants and just enjoying our fireworks show at night.

“We’re considering even more ways for future growth with this show.”

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