They say in fireworks, bigger is better. And, with that logic in mind, tonight’s show is being lauded as the “biggest and best ever in the history of Brown County.”
This year’s fireworks spectacular will be set off from the Feather Bay subdivision, and, according to Laura Terhune, executive director for the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce, the show will go on “even if it rains.”
But there’s no rain in the forecast, she added.
“The only thing that could possibly cancel the show is if the lake is closed,” Terhune said Friday afternoon, noting that the forecast did not predict rain. “Everything is looking good,” she said.
Optimum viewing of the $17,500 fireworks show will be from the grassy slopes at Feather Bay subdivision, off of Farm-to-Market 2632.
Atlas Enterprises, the company that fires the Reunion Celebration display, will be putting on the show at Lake Brownwood.
The show begins at dark, but gates open at 5 p.m. and those who come and see are promised plenty of parking, though there is a $3 per car parking charge. Proceeds of the parking charges benefit the Lake Brownwood Community Development Council and the Police Explorers, who will be directing traffic.
Friends of Lake Brownwood State Park will be selling concessions, and Bill King, a director with that group, said people can purchase “their whole meal.”
“We’ll have barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, Frito pies and drinks,” King said. “The money we raise is going toward the purchase of playground equipment for the state park.”
Spectators are urged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and mosquito repellent, picnics (no glass bottles, please) and plan to join in the tradition and make an evening of it. Terhune said arrangements had been made to have the area sprayed for mosquitoes, but with the abundant rains, personal repellents would be a good idea to bring along.
To get to Feather Bay, according to directions provided at the Lake Brownwood community’s web site, follow Texas Highway 279 north 3.5 miles from where it intersects with US Highway 377/US Highway 67.
Turn right at Farm-to-Market Road 2632. Continue another 4.4 miles, then turn right at FM Road 3021 and follow that road for another 1.2 miles.
Turn right at Feather Bay Boulevard and go about one/tenth of a mile.
The Lake Brownwood community Web site can be found at www.BrownwoodLake.com. An actual map is featured there.
TexasBank is the signature sponsor of the show. The Lake Brownwood Community Development Council, the Early Chamber of Commerce and Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce have worked together to organize the event.