Community Invited to New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show

What began as a friendly neighborhood fireworks challenge has evolved into a plan to join forces and create a show-stopping fireworks display for the whole community to help bring in the New Year.     

It all started when South Gulch neighbors Jarrod and Jacki Bultsma and Dennis and Sandy Beckman joked about holding a fireworks challenge after the Bultsmas sent up quite a few rockets during Fourth of July 2020.

“Sandy texted me and said they enjoyed our fireworks and that next Independence Day we should hold a neighborly competition,” recalls Jacki. “I suggested how about New Year’s Eve since they are legal then — plus fireworks sound awesome echoing through the draw in the winter.” 

Jacki said the neighbors both set off fireworks last year to “send 2020 out with a bang.” This past Fourth of July, fireworks were banned due to the drought so the Bultsmas, Beckmans and Sandy’s son Jason Weber and his family  had some carry over. The Bultsmas also hit up the Cashman’s fireworks shop on July 5 so their inventory is stout.

The families invite the community to the show, suggesting the Prairie Lounge parking lot and Lookout Hill as good vantage points. Fireworks will be set off south of the stop sign on Highway 34 / Dakota Avenue junction on New Years Eve at 6 p.m. 

PHOTO COURTESY CRISTIN WEBER

Finley Weber, Austen Bultsma, Hayden Bultsma, Hadley Weber and Dawson Bultsma are almost as excited as their parents for the New Year’s Eve community fireworks show planned in the South Gulch. They are shown with part of their parents’ fireworks inventory.