Archive for Wednesday, July 9, 2003

Fourth of July celebration attracts large crowd

July 9, 2003

Friday proved to be one of the hottest days of the summer, but Donna Kneedler didn't think that stopped people from having a good Fourth of July at the Citizens for Baldwin City fireworks display.

Kneedler, fireworks committee chairperson, said despite the hot weather, turnout for the Independence Day event was good.

"We had a great turnout. I think we had more people than last year," she said. "When you looked out in the parking lot, it was just packed."

Activities got underway late afternoon at the ball fields by Baldwin High School. Children's games, food, drinks and the local band, Music Row, were some of the afternoon's attractions.

"The water slide went over really well," she said. "The kids loved that."

The 40-minute fireworks display began at dusk, which, Kneedler said, was popular with the crowd.

"They were fantastic," she said of the fireworks. "The show was awesome. It was better than last year. We've heard nothing but good things and positive compliments."

Kneedler said CFBC is already making plans for next year's Fourth of July celebration. She said while things went well this year, the organization is looking at improvements that can be made for next year.

"We want to expand on the kids' games next year," she said. "We want to have even more games and entertainment next year."

She said the only complaint CFBC heard this year was with the sound system.

"We want to improve the sound for next year, too, so it's better for people that aren't right up there," she said.

But, she said, overall everyone in attendance seemed pleased the fireworks display was offered in Baldwin for the fourth straight year.

"I think it was a good plan to bring the fireworks back," she said. "I think we're pretty successful."

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