By CLINT FOSTER
It's just not the Fourth of July without good food, American flags, and plenty of Chinese-invented explosives. Luckily for citizens of Palo Pinto County, there are many firework shows to round out their celebrations.
For the fifth year, Ram Stadium will host the Mineral Wells Independence Day fireworks display this Thursday. '
The patriotic public is also encouraged to attend the free Second Annual Community Crime and Safety Fair at 5 p.m., coordinated by Pray Mineral Wells and the Mineral Wells Police Department. Later, patrons should have a blanket on hand to cover the hot bleachers on the east side of the football stadium, the perfect place to sit at 8 p.m. and watch "the rockets' red glare."
Chicken Express will again sponsor the fireworks, which will be launched by Lone Star Fireworks out of Graham. Nancy Stuart of Chicken Express did not hesitate when asked why it is important to the company to keep sponsoring the pyrotechnics.
"Well because I love fireworks," she said with a smile. "We just couldn't see Mineral Wells going without their big display. We had to do it for the city and for the enjoyment of the people of Mineral Wells.
"We're really proud that the community gets behind it to make it an enjoyable thing for everyone," she added. "We love seeing all the cars parked and everyone having a good time; that's what it's all about."
County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell said there are no restrictions on fireworks this year because the drought index is not high enough yet to worry about them in properly mowed areas. He added that people may feel free to pop fireworks in all the unincorporated areas of Palo Pinto County; but he urges those who do to use caution and steer clear of areas with tall grass.