As the assortment of fireworks shot into the Friday night sky during the pregame, halftime and closing activities of the Moffat County High School homecoming game, the responses could easily be heard over the thundering booms.
Only to be immediately followed by "awwwwwe."
Which was followed by someone saying, "You're going to need sun screen," referring to the bright lights illuminating the sky.
Simply put, it was a fireworks show to rival and surpass most cities' Fourth of July shows.
And it was at a high school football game.
The show also elicited a different response from a newcomer - "This is ridiculous."
And it shouldn't be any other way.
As the Editorial Board members reflected upon the homecoming week that was, we saw many of the traits that make living in a small town so enjoyable, including setting off fireworks that could be seen and heard across town as part of a high school football game.
Equally impressive was seeing the plethora of people supporting the homecoming parade, and the high school's science Olympics is a great part of the homecoming voyage, even if many of the cardboard box boats were unable to complete their voyages across the Loudy-Simpson Park pond, as was the goal.
The Editorial Board also applauds the effort of the high school marching band. It is truly great to see you back on the field again.
And while all of these traits were impressive to see, what was not seen was just as evident.
Although the parade was well attended, only the freshman class constructed a float for it.
The community came out in force to see the parade and the football game, but it would have also been nice to see more businesses get involved with the homecoming spirit by putting up Bulldog banners or having their windows painted in blue and white (the Daily Press being one company who needs to do so in the future).
And the science Olympics are such a great success, the Editorial Board couldn't help but wonder if there are ways to get more spectator-type educational opportunities involved with the homecoming week so the spectrum of the whole school can be on display?
Why didn't more of us get into the spirit of the week? It's likely a reason that many of us feel day in and day out - a lack of time.
It used to be that living in a small town meant you could take time and be more involved in community events.
It begs the question, are we outgrowing the traits that make living in a small town so great?
The Editorial Board members hope not, and despite how much we grow, we encourage you take time to get involved in your community, to take time to know your neighbors, and to take time to enjoy the small things in life.
But more so than anything, take time to do those "ridiculous" things that make Craig so great.