Fireworks show dazzles residents
Rebecca and Natosha Langstaff know exactly which fireworks they like best.
The sisters like the ones that come right at them.
“They look like bumblebees coming straight at you,” 10-year-old Natosha said just before the fireworks show Monday south of Moffat County High School.
Natosha and Rebecca, 7, sat on the football practice field with their three sisters and their mom, Wyona, and dad, Eric.
Eric Langstaff said he likes the fireworks show, but not as much as his daughters.
“The kids like it more than I do,” he said. This was the second year the Langstaffs came to the high school to watch the show.
Moffat County and the city of Craig chipped in $4,000 each for the 30-minute show.
Crews from Craig Fire/Rescue shot off about 1,000 shells during the show.
A few hundred people sat near the high school and in parking lots throughout town for the show.
Wade Latham of Craig and his family watched the show from his pickup in the Safeway parking lot on Victory Way.
“I know you can see them good from here,” Latham said before the show.
The Lathams usually watch the show from the high school, but went to Safeway this year to avoid the crowd.
Latham said they leave the fireworks to the professionals because it’s safer and cheaper.
Wade Latham’s wife, Ginny, said buying fireworks is a waste of money.
“It’s like putting a match to your money,” she said.
Leedel Gardner of Orlando, Fla. watched the show from a lawn chair near the high school.
Gardner and her son Daniel, 10, were in town to see Leedel’s mother, Carrie Goree of Hayden.
“These are better than what we have in Orlando,” Gardner said as explosions of red, white and blue went off overhead.
Gardner said the 50-degree temperatures were cooler than she’d like, but this year they were prepared with extra coats and blankets.
“Last year we froze,” Gardner said.
Despite the chilly weather, Gardner said afterward the show was “pretty neat.”
Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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