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22-minute explosion of color at Athens Fire Cracker Festival

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — Avoid run-ins with the law and accidentally setting a field on fire this Fourth of July by catching the fireworks show in Athens.

The annual Reliance Bank Fire Cracker Festival will include a 22-minute explosion of colors at about 8:30 p.m. at Athens High School.

Bank president David Kinchler said Fire Chief Cliff Christopher and Police Chief Wayne Harper have prepared emergency plans related to the fireworks and drought.

"With all the food and activities we'll have, and the support of fire and police, our event is the best place to enjoy the holiday," Kinchler said.

One reason, for Athens residents, is that it is illegal to possess or detonate any type of fireworks in the city limits, Athens police Capt. Tracy Harrison said.

For residents outside the city limits, only some varieties are fireworks are allowed because of drought conditions, said Limestone County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Randy King.

Fireworks that are part of the ban are skyrockets with sticks, or any rockets or missiles with fins or rudders.

Both agencies will respond to complaint calls related to fireworks.

"The safest way to celebrate is with us," Kinchler said.

The Fire Cracker Festival will start at 3 p.m. with live music, children's games, arts and crafts, and food.

Proceeds benefit the Athens High School band and Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives in Athens.

Athens Fire Cracker Festival Schedule

All events are Wednesday.

3:30-7:30 p.m.: Inflatable games for children, food booths, arts and crafts booths.

Live music:

  • 3-4 p.m.: Fat Little Break Dancers (alternative bluegrass).

  • 4-5 p.m.: Dixie Bluegrass Boys.

  • 5-6 p.m.: Clear Creek (gospel bluegrass).

  • 6-7 p.m.: Sound of Grace (gospel).

  • 7-8 p.m.: Piney Creek (bluegrass).

    About 8:30 p.m.: Presentation of the Colors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars; national anthem performed by Corrine Evans; fireworks by Reliance Bank.

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