Marble Falls fireworks going off with bigger bang; help still welcome

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

MARBLE FALLS — Judy Miller can’t imagine a Fourth of July without fireworks. That’s why four years ago, she spearheaded resurrecting the Marble Falls Community Fireworks.It hasn’t been easy raising the more than $20,000 each year to secure the fireworks display and other entertainment. But Miller, who owns Outback Unlimited in Marble Falls, does it as a labor of love.

“I think celebrating the Fourth of July is incredibly important,” she said. “And you have to have the fireworks to do it right.”

Recently, the Marble Falls City Council approved giving $10,000 to the community fireworks program. The funds come from a $1 donation city residents can make as part of their water bill. The money goes into a community fund that is dispensed at the council’s approval.

The funding gave the Marble Falls Community Fireworks a big boost. Along with several corporate and business sponsors, Miller said the 2013 show is on strong legs. But, she added, there’s always room for more support.

People interested in donating to the Marble Falls celebration can write a check to Marble Falls Community Fireworks and send it care of Judy Miller to P.O. Box 158, Marble Falls TX 78654. The donation is tax-deductible.[box]IF YOU GO
WHAT: Marble Falls Community Fireworks WHEN: July 4 with food and beverage vendors at 4 p.m., live music starting at 5 p.m. and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. or dusk
WHERE: Lakeside Park on Buena Vista Drive in Marble Falls
TUNE IN: KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune will simulcast the fireworks music show.
TO DONATE: Write a check to Marble Falls Community Fireworks, and send it care of Judy Miller to P.O. Box 158, Marble Falls, TX 78654. The donation is tax-deductible.
FOR MORE: Visit www.marblefallscommunityfireworks.com[/box]

“The Marble Falls Community Fireworks is a great way to build a family tradition,” Miller said.

The event is July 4 at Lakeside Park on Buena Vista Drive. It starts at 4 p.m. with food and beverage vendors. Then there’s a line-up of live music starting at 5 p.m. with Tough Cookie, a youth cover band that performs songs from decades past. At 6 p.m., the Hill Country Band takes the stage at Lakeside Pavilion.

“They’ve performed at every Marble Falls Community Fireworks the past four years,” Miller said. “They do a great patriotic montage of songs.”

From 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Acoustic Duo, made up of Zeke Hamilton and Emily Cousins, performs.

And then at 9:15 p.m. or dusk, the fireworks shoot into the sky above Lake Marble Falls. KBEY 103.9 FM Radio Picayune will simulcast the fireworks music show.

For more information, go to www.marblefallscommunityfireworks.com or go to the Marble Falls Community Fireworks’ Facebook page.

daniel@thepicayune.com