Big fireworks show planned for Sept. 1

A “really big show” is planned for Sylvan Lake’s next fireworks display — a special event on Sunday, September 1st.

A “really big show” is planned for Sylvan Lake’s next fireworks display — a special event on Sunday, September 1st.

The town announced it has set the date for its big Centennial celebration.

“The sky will be darker and evening will be cooler,” said the town’s Facebook page earlier this week. “We will all need an excuse to get together and say farewell to summer 2013 with the type of fireworks you’ve come to know and love Sylvan Lake for.”

The display was originally scheduled for Canada Day, July 1st. But the town’s pyrotechnics crew, the Calgary/High River based Big Bang Inc., was heavily affected by flooding in Southern Alberta and downsized the Canada Day show after initially thinking they would have to cancel it altogether.

In last week’s Sylvan Lake News, the town profusely thanked “Dan Roy and the rest of the crew at Big Bang for their efforts in ensuring our community had a fireworks show on Canada Day.

“Smaller in scope than originally planned, Dan Roy and Big Bang generously offered to cover the costs of the smaller show and insisted that they will reschedule a bigger, more spectacular demonstration later in the year.

“While the Town of Sylvan Lake very much appreciates the offer of a free-of-charge mini show, we have declined, and will pay the full cost of now two pyrotechnics shows. The Town of Sylvan Lake cannot accept such a free service in light of what the company, its staff, and their families are dealing with in light of the flooding.”

Betty Osmond, the town’s chief administrative officer, told councillors at their meeting Monday night “it will be a really big show”.

She noted the Canada Day long weekend was very busy with the hot weather and the holiday falling on Monday. “The special events proceeded very well with moving night attracting over 100 vehicles (estimated 350+ people) (at Canadian Tire) and large crowds in attendance for the revised version of the fireworks.”