WAHOO – Don Divis has decided this is the year to try a little something different with the fireworks show he shoots for his hometown.
The second-generation pyro-technician who will shoot Thursday night’s show with his wife and children has been setting displays to music for the last several years. He said he has thought about adding that feature to the Wahoo show.
This year’s move of the display to Lake Wanahoo made the decision easy to get it done this year.
Those watching the display can tune into 91.9 FM and hear music to go along with the show. Divis said a variety of music will start playing at 5 p.m. and then music to go along with the fireworks will begin at 10 p.m.
The music won’t be choreographed to each burst of fireworks, but it should add to the enjoyment of the event, or at least that is what Divis Pyrotechnics is hoping.
“You get to sit back and experience the sight, the sound, the memories,” he said.
Divis has worked with fireworks shows for more than 50 years. Still, he looks forward to each and every one.
“Every show is exciting,” he said.
Divis looks at the sky as his canvas and the fireworks as his brush.
“I like being able to paint the sky,” he added.
Having the reflection of that painted sky off the waters of Lake Wanahoo will offer an extra show this year.
Divis and crew will be setting up their fireworks on the breakwater across the lake. He said the best view will be to the south of the breakwater.
He has done displays over water before, but this will be first time he will be using some special effect shells designed for water displays. For the very best view, he encouraged people to be along the shoreline of the lake.
Having the lake as the new venue and the addition of music will bring new dimensions to the show this year, but Divis said the allure of a fireworks display will always remain the same.
It’s about stopping busy lives and enjoying the moment.
“People can just lay back, look at the skies and forget their problems,” he said.
While the fireworks display will help to end Independence Day in Wahoo, it won’t be the only activity going on.
The Vintage Base Ball match between the Wauhoo Plowboys and Raymond Stoppers is set to take place at Lake Wanahoo at 6:30 p.m.
During the day, the Wahoo Eagles Club is again sponsoring a Kiddie Parade. Registration starts at 11:15 a.m. at the Vets Club and the parade steps off in route to Smith Park at noon.
At the park, the VFW and VFW Auxiliary will be serving up hot dog meals starting at 11 a.m. The Wahoo Lions Club will be hosting the ever popular old fashioned games at the park at 1 p.m.