Large fireworks display to rock Barry County

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Eagle Rock Fire Department to light up sky with $18,000 in fireworks

The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Department will host its annual fireworks display on Sunday at the Eagle Rock Bridge on Highway 86 over Table Rock Lake, beginning at dusk.

During the day, a barbecue will be held at the department's Station No. 1, featuring brisket and pulled pork sandwiches with all the trimmings, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Plates, which include a drink, are $8 each, and brats and hot dogs will be available for children for $6 a plate.

The annual fireworks display, which the fire department took over about eight years ago, is funded completely on donations.

Mark Pierson, Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Department fire chief, said the department was able to collect $18,000 to spend on fireworks, through a variety of events and venues over the past year.

"We have breakfast on the second Saturday of the month, so two a month," he said. "Donations from the first one goes to the fire department, and second, for fireworks. We do that, and we put cans out. We also do a mass mailer every year in our area to every Eagle Rock, Golden and Mano resident, and they'll mail in donations or bring them by. Local businesses also donate quite a bit every year, and donations are still coming in."

This year, the launch site has been moved up the hill just below the Vikings Club. No parking will be allowed in the Vikings parking lot, due to regulations that prohibit people to be that close to the launch site.

The entire event is open to the public, and the department invites guests to bring their friends and families to enjoy the show, which, according to staff, continues to get bigger each year.

Based on attendance in past years, Pierson said he expects somewhere in the neighborhood of about 3,000 people to attend, so guests should plan to arrive early to secure a place to park and watch the fireworks, and bring their blankets and lawn chairs to settle in for the event.

"Both campgrounds and the lake are full," Pierson said. "I wouldn't be surprised if we have at least 3,000 attend. It's quite a few people. They run out of parking and people start parking off the shoulder of the highway."

In the event of a fire, having the fire department on site is ideal.

"We take our fire truck across the bridge in case anything happens," he said.

Pierson expects the fireworks show to last about 40-45 minutes.

"It's amazing," he said. "Just to see how many people are packed in down here. You can look up and down both sides of the lake and the boats are just packed, plus all the campgrounds. Our show, people say, is better than Holiday Island, Ark., or Shell Knob. That's another reason we have it on a day they're not having theirs, and because people [usually] have to go to work the day before and day after [the holiday]."

People may make donations by mail to Eagle Rock Fire Station, 30625 State Hwy. 86, Eagle Rock, MO 65641. For more information about the event, people may contact Station No. 1 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday, at 417-271-3642.

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