Fireworks Extraveganza

by Crystal Gottfried, Staff Writer

Randolph Air Force Rec Center hosts "Fireworks over Canyon Lake" at 10:00 p.m., Saturday, July 1.

RAFB Park will hold its 3rd annual celebration - Open to the Public.

In the last two years so many people have enjoyed this fabulous fireworks display from the comfort of their decks and patios as well as at family gatherings at the Corps of Engineers Parks and along the Canyon Lake shoreline. Many people gather family and friends to view the fireworks, up close from their boats out on the water. Randolph AFB will again host this special show for the lake community thanks to the contributions from local businesses and individuals that help to defray the costs of the pyrotechnics.

Viewing places can be found all around Canyon Lake and these parks will be open late: Canyon Beach Park, Overlook Park, and Comal Park.

All Corps of Engineers boat ramps are open at Canyon Park, Comal Park, Cranes Mill Park, Cypress Cove Ramp, Fort Sam Houston Recreation Area, Lake Canyon Yacht Club, Canyon Lake Shores, Canyon Lake Village East and West Ramps, Potter's Creek Park, Randolph AFB Recreation Area, Canyon Lake Springs Resort and Canyon Lake Hills East and West Ramps. The boat ramp at Canyon Lake Forest is closed.

Tuesday, July 4:

VFW Post 8800 Independence Day Parade in Startzville at 11:00 a.m.

The 16th Annual parade will have about 40 floats participating with churches, schools, civic organizations, clubs, businesses, and individuals showing off their patriotic design and decorating skills for the enjoyment of the community.

Paul Nees at the VFW suggests that people get out early to find their viewing place along the FM 2673 parade route from Old Sattler Road West going east to Old Sattler Road opposite the post in Startzville.

Promptly at 11 a.m., the San Marcos Commemorative Air Force will conduct a "flyover" along the parade route maneuvering 4 or 5 of their vintage aircraft in traditional tribute to our military men and women.

VFW Post 8800 will begin their Independence Day parade celebrations with an 8:30 a.m. coffee and donuts breakfast at the post that is open to the public as well as the parade participants and the Post's military guests. This year, Sweetie's Donuts in Sattler are featured for the breakfast.

Immediately following the parade, the post will host their annual bar-b-que cookout, catered by County-Line Bar-B-Que, and that is also open to the public.

At around 1:00 p.m., the winners of awards for the best decorated businesses in the community, as well as parade floats will be announced.

Judges Susan Snow, Dr. Jeff Quinn, and Cricket Ingramm will decide the winners for best decorated businesses, and the parade floats are judged for four categories of entries; Civic, Commercial, School and Church, and Individual.

First, Second, and Third places awards of trophies and wall plaques will be given to winners in each category.

According to Nees, the Post has accumulated a huge array of raffle items this year. Several of the top prizes are a $250 gift certificates from Home Depot, a $200 gift certificate from Wal-Mart, and $100 gift certificate from Super S Foods. They will also raffle off numerous other great gifts and prizes to lucky ticket holders.

Bring your family and friends out for a great Independence Day celebration including a vintage aircraft show, super parade and a delicious bar-be-que meal at the VFW Post #8800 that will continue until the food runs out.

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