6/28/2021 10:53:00 AM Fireworks show: a lot of work behind the scenes
Jason Welter, city public works employee, second from right, fixed the trailer on which firefighters will place the fireworks to be used for this year’s Fourth of July fireworks show. Others who have supported Summerfest fireworks include, from left, Roger Peterson, outgoing commander of the Stewartville American Legion Post 164; Myrna Welter, Chamber membership coordinator; Ron Moore, incoming Legion commander; and firefighter Jarett Jones.
It can be easy to take America's freedoms for granted, even on the Fourth of July. In the same way, as thousands watch the Stewartville Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Independence Day Summerfest Fireworks Show, few take the time to think about the behind-the-scenes work it takes to put the show together. Each year, Jarett Jones and other members of the Stewartville Fire Department put in a lot of time to present the public with the best possible fireworks display. "There's probably 20 hours of set-up time," Jones said. "We spend four or five hours cleaning the tubes to make sure they're ready and prepped for firing. There's another six hours wiring and loading the fireworks, and about three hours setting them up, firing them and picking up afterward." That's a lot of work for a 20-minute fireworks show, similar to the work to prepare a Thanksgiving meal, eaten in about 15 minutes, Jones said... For more on this story pick up your copy of the June 29 Stewartville STAR.