Rocket’s red glare

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Crowd enjoys impressive fireworks show

By Lisa King

A warm summer breeze, the laughter of children, food and drink in abundance, rockin’ music and a thrilling fireworks display to cap it off.  All in all, it was a Fourth of July celebration to remember for an estimated 2,500 people who attended the event at Clear Creek Park on Monday night.  A huge American flag suspended from between two Shelby County Fire Trucks set the patriotic tone as people entered the park, passing beneath its stars and stripes. Then on to the fun. Julia Stenger and McKinzie Russell of Shelbyville said they had a really great time. “It’s a great Fourth of July,” Stenger said, and Russell agreed. What did they enjoy most? Russell narrowed it down. “Well, just everything,” she said, with a shy grin.  The adults had a great time, too, especially Devin Hicks and David Weathers, who were laughing and joking together as they teamed up to play cornhole. Hicks looked over at Weathers and chuckled when asked his partner’s name.  “Well, I forgot to ask him that,” he said. “Hey, dude, what’s your name anyhow?” Shelby County Parks and Recreation Department Director Clay Cottongim said everyone seemed to enjoy the show.  “We had more people than last year, and everybody said they really enjoyed our fireworks,” he said. “We had some wonderful comments about the show.” The fireworks, which were produced by W.A. Loeffler Entertainment of Louisville, lasted a full 35 minutes, capped off an evening of family fun which included a concert by Leo Night and the Moonlighters, cornhole games and bouncies for the kids.