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Fun on the Fourth

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By Tris DeRoma

Rock and roll, barbecue, cotton candy and good times were were in store Thursday as residents from Los Alamos and elsewhere gathered in Overlook  Park to have some fun on the Fourth of July. 

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Eddie and the Nomads played their particular brand of 50s and 60s style rock while Syzygy and Triple Trouble tore the house down with their particular style of metal and blues respectively. 

Then, later on in the evening, people looked to the skies to see pilot Will Fox and his crew do barrel rolls and other aviation feats in their single engine stunt planes.

And of course, the evening would not have been complete without the traditional fireworks show, organized and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos. 

This show was a little more special than most, since this was the first show to be held in Los Alamos since 2010.

Heightened fire conditions sidelined shows in 2011 and 2012. Even though conditions were about the same as last year, the fire department approved the Kiwanis for this year, after taking a few precautions as well as dampening the ground where the fireworks were predicted to land. 

Los Alamos resident Barbara Seeger, who came to see the show with her husband and her daughter-in-law, said she wasn’t too concerned about the fire conditions.

“Maybe just a little bit, but I can see they have it covered,” she said.

The Kiwanis raised $24,000 for the event, which means, according to Kiwanis Fireworks Chair Steve Boerigter, the Kiwanis will have several thousand dollars to donate to their student scholarship program.

Whether the Kiwanis raised enough money for their scholarship program or not, Boerigter said the Kiwanis were just glad to see the townspeople still came out to support them, even though for two years they weren’t able to have fireworks.

“It was wonderful to have the fireworks back,” Boerigter said. “We had a huge turnout and the park was full of people, and it looked like everybody enjoyed the music. Listening to the local bands was a lot of fun.”

Fellow Kiwanis member Sharon Stover was glad residents were able to see the show too.

“The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays, and it’s just great to see the community come out and enjoy a great evening,” she said