Fireworks shows planned across county
by RACHEL DAVIS
Jul 03, 2012 | 4408 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Several years ago, about 10 local business owners and residents of Oakman banded together to put on a community fireworks show for the town.

“I think this is about the fifth year that we’ve done it, I don’t really keep up with it,” Mike Fondren, one of the sponsors and organizers, said.

The community-sponsored fireworks show is the only one of its kind in the county. Organizers believe it gives residents in that part of the county a place to gather and watch a show.

The community show also eliminates the cost and safety risks that home fireworks can pose.

“Anyone who doesn’t want to do it at home or can’t afford it can come watch a pretty show anyway,” Fondren said.

The show will begin right after dark at the J&K Logging Shop on Coal Valley Road. The organizers don’t do it for recognition or accolades, they just wanted to give something back to their community.

“We mostly do it for the good of the kids,” Fondren said.

Oakman’s volunteer fire and rescue department will be on the scene of the fireworks show to ensure that no sparks go astray and that everyone remains safe. They will also be selling hot dogs and drinks as a fundraiser for the department.

“They’re great and they really support us on this,” Fondren said.

Elsewhere in the county, Duncan Bridge Marina will also have its annual fireworks show on the lake. The show will start near the bridge at 9 p.m. Traffic on the road and lake are usually an issue so locals ask that you come early and prepare to wait. The Alabama Marine Police also urge people to use common sense and common courtesy to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.

In east Walker, Sumiton Church of God will host festivities on the football field at Sumiton Christian School beginning at 6 p.m. There will be food and entertainment leading up to the fireworks that night.