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Fireworks show delights local residents Rockets’ red glare

Published: Friday, July 4, 2014 9:02 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 4, 2014 9:18 p.m. CDT
(Heidi Litchfield – hlitchfield@shawmedia.com)
The grand finale as viewed from the Big R parking lot where people gathered on Thursday night to watch the show sponsored by the City of Morris and Grundy Bank.
(Heidi Litchfield – hlitchfield@shawmedia.com)
Fireworks rocketed into the sky Thursday night before exploding in a burst of color much to the delight of area residents.

MORRIS – People came from far and wide Thursday night to witness the rockets’ red glare over the Grundy County fairgrounds.

Marc and Ryan Sontag, along with their children Addison, Liam and Jase, found the perfect seat in the back of their pickup truck in a grassy parking lot outside of the fairgrounds.

“We like to come to the fireworks here, because it has the fair attached to it,” Marc said. “There is more for the kids to do.”

The family first spent time walking around the fair, riding rides and taking in all there is to see.

“I like the choo-choo train,” 3-year-old Liam said.

His 5-year-old sister, Addison, said she liked the animals, and although her favorite animal – the giraffe – wasn’t there, she liked seeing the pigs.

“They say oink oink,” she said.

Liam was more partial to the cows, but they all had the opportunity to see livestock that is on hand to compete at the fair.

As they played in the bed of the pickup truck they paused to see a Chinese lantern that was glowing as it lifted into the air and traveled west on the light winds, ready for the dazzling show of fireworks that were about to start.

Each one has their favorite color of bursts, with Addison liking purple and Liam liking blue.

Siblings William, Katie, Danielle and James Czerniewski were enjoying the live music in the food area of the fair prior to the night’s show, when Katie said she was hoping to see red, white and blue fireworks.

“All of them are my favorite,” Danielle said. “I like the waterfall ones.”

Hundreds of people came to Morris and filled parking lots along Route 47 to get a glimpse of the show which lit up the night.

The fair continues through Sunday with live music, wrestling matches, races, and live animals for families to enjoy.

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