4-H Center prepares for annual fireworks display

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — The night sky will light up with fireworks Saturday during the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Centerís 31st Annual Fireworks Display.

The fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and admission is free.

The 4-H Center launched the show because nobody else in the area at the time provided a free firework show, said 4-H Director of Development Tom Benjamin.

The show will be similar to previous yearsí displays, and fireworks will be shot from the top of the mountain behind the 4-H Center.

The American Legion Community Band will begin the countdown to the fireworks, with a performance scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

4-H Center Assistant Director Win Iden said the community has requested that the event be expanded beyond the concert and fireworks show. ìWe have heard your call,î he said, adding that a whole day of fun will precede the fireworks.

This year's event is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and includes childrenís games, bounce houses, performances, food trucks, face painting and a disc golf competition.

"This is a free family event to celebrate our great nation and the beauty of our mountains," Benjamin said.

The pool will be open from 7:30 to 9 p.m., and reopen for a post-fireworks swim. There will also be a petting farm open from 4 to 8 p.m.

The event is made possible by volunteers, sponsors and vendors, Iden said.

"As the evening darkness breaks the daily light, we will watch the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in the air that will give proof through the night that our community and America are a great place to live," Iden said.

Volunteer musicians, jugglers, thespians, dancers, artists and magicians are also needed.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer may contact the 4-H Center at (540) 635-7171.

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