Family fun on Fourth

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Family fun on FourthCome on out to the Desert Empire Fairgrounds on July 4 for the annual fireworks program, put on by the Lions Club of Ridgecrest. There will be no charge for admission. The Boy Scouts of America will handle the parking, for a donation of a dollar a vehicle, as a fundraiser for Scouting programs.

The gates will open about 5 p.m., the band starts playing at 6 p.m., and the fireworks will begin at 9 p.m. The vendors scheduled to be selling food will be the Lions Club, the Knights of Columbus, the Friends of the Fair and the Shaved Ice Shack. Items to be available for sale include hamburgers, hot dogs, snow cones and beer.

Popular band Amarillo will play about three hours, from 6 p.m. until just before the fireworks begin.

“Lions Club members will be at the gate,” said Lion Steve Morgan. “Fairgrounds rules will be in effect — no glass containers or cans. People can bring coolers with plastic containers. This will be low-key —bring your chairs and blankets, and just relax and enjoy. This is absolutely family-friendly.

“This is about the community getting together on our nation’s birthday and enjoying the evening. Hopefully folks will buy food from the vendors.

“Donations are still gratefully accepted, as we’re still short of our goal. The fireworks alone cost $22,000.”

The fireworks will be electronically fired, a practice that is not only safer but also allows the fireworks to be timed with the music. “That creates a better show,” said Morgan. “When it’s coordinated, people will enjoy it more.”

Tom Adams, owner of Adams Jewelers, has donated an “Esper-anza Movado” ladies’ wristwatch valued at $2,400, to be raffled off to raise funds for the fireworks. Tickets are $5 each, on sale at Adams Jewelers, 138 S. China Lake Blvd., 760-384-2420. Tickets will also be on sale at the fairgrounds before the fireworks are set off. The winner will be announced at the event and need not be present to win.

Lions Club members will also be selling small U.S. flags as a fundraiser. “We’re asking a donation of one dollar per flag to help with the cost of the show,” said Morgan.

Story First Published: 2013-07-03