Fireworks Are On at Equestrian Center

Delayed by weather, the Fourth of July fireworks were held at the Big Horn Equestrian Center Saturday night. (Photo by Aaron Palmer)
Delayed by weather, the Fourth of July fireworks were held at the Big Horn Equestrian Center Saturday night. (Photo by Aaron Palmer)

Weather caused a bit of a wait this year, but the fireworks went off Saturday night at the Big Horn Equestrian Center.

Sheila Blackburn, who's the center's executive director, said when the gates were opened at 4 p.m., there were already about 50 cars waiting to come in.

Among the early arrivals was Steve Gage. He said he and the 10 other people with him arrived at about 3:30 p.m.

The fireworks were to have happened on July 4, but rain put the event on hold. Blackburn explained.

Blackburn said she understands that this was the first time in 25 years that the fireworks have had to be postponed. But she said the rains left so much water sitting on the fields that no trailers or vehicles could be parked on them without tearing up the ground.

She said there was a bright side, because she'd heard that a lot of people who couldn't have attended the fireworks on Thursday were able to come out Saturday to see the show.

Bruce Burns spearheads the annual event, and Blackburn said a lot of people don't realize that he has people flying to Sheridan from New York and California to help him put on the show.

She said they've actually been camping on the grounds for several days setting up and protecting the equipment.

People lined up early and visited and played games while waiting to see the show. (Photo by Pat Blair)
People lined up early and visited and played games while waiting to see the show. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A face painter demonstrates her skills at painting other parts of the body as well. (Photo by Pat Blair)
A face painter demonstrates her skills at painting other parts of the body as well. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Food vendors were also on hand. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Food vendors were also on hand. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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