Volunteers help Canada Day fireworks sparkle

Greater Vernon will carry on with a tradition used for more than 2,000 years to celebrate or commemorate special events.

Greater Vernon will carry on with a tradition used for more than 2,000 years to celebrate or commemorate special events.

Vernon’s 2011 VantageOne Canada Day fireworks display will feature more than 500 shells of varying sizes from one-inch to six-inches in diameter with patterns such as, peony, chrysanthemum, palm, rings, and willows.

The event takes place Friday night at the Vernon Army Camp at around 10:15 p.m. and provides excellent viewing from many areas of the city.

“Due to the fact that the Funtastic Sports and Music Festival is also running during the weekend,  we strongly encourage the public to use the free shuttle buses, providing pick up and drop off from the Vernon Recreation Centre parking lot to the grounds, starting at 9 p.m.,” said Terry Schmauder with Vernon’s Canada Day fireworks committee.

This event would not be possible without the tremendous efforts of many different groups, individuals and support staff from various departments in the City of Vernon, RCMP and fire rescue.

A crew of firefighters under the direction of Bill Wacey, fire chief at BX-Swan Lake fire hall, and Lawrie Skolrood, deputy chief at Vernon fire hall, along with many volunteers from surrounding fire halls are asked to donate their time and expertise to ensure a safe and exciting fireworks event.

“These people donate countless hours in set up, wiring and firing the show, and then dismantling it all after the event,” said Schmauder.

In addition to the labour involved, the committee requires funding to purchase the fireworks themselves.

The funding for this year’s event was provided by a number of sources including our gold corporate sponsor, VantageOne Credit Union.

“We sincerely thank Glenn Benischek and VantageOne for the support which allows us to greatly enhance the quality of the show,” said Schmauder.

Heritage Canada provided a “Celebrate Canada” grant, along with great support from Mayor Wayne Lippert and the City of Vernon.

The Funtastic Sports Society once again came forward with a donation along with assistance in traffic control and use of their sound system to broadcast the musical accompaniment from 107.5 KISS FM.

Every year, Vernon Moving and Storage makes an in kind donation of a huge flat deck from which the pyrotechnics are fired.

Weather is always a concern the evening of the display and the committee keeps its collective fingers crossed that any storms hold off until after the show.

The committee asks that those attending please be sure to secure your pets’ comfort and safety at home.