Community supports fireworks show

by nathan oster

From the you-don’t-know-what-you’ve-got-until-it’s-gone category, the communities of Greybull, Basin and the surrounding area clearly missed having a local fireworks show on the Fourth of July.

That much is undeniable after a fundraising campaign in the two communities generated more than $8,300 in support of the fireworks show, which is scheduled to begin at precisely 10:30 p.m. Friday. In the event of a severe thunderstorm, the show will be pushed back Saturday night, same time and place.

“I’m so proud of this community,” said Myles Foley, who has taken the lead on the planning of the fireworks show for the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce. “People really stepped up; there’s been between $250 and $400 in the cans every week when I go to collect (around Basin and Greybull). Just unbelievable.”

Big Sky Fireworks has been hired to put on the fireworks show.

Foley said he expects it to last 12 to 15 minutes.

As for other happenings on the Fourth, the Greybull Recreation District did not know if the fireworks show would be a go so it did not schedule its Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Picnic, which in the past has always brought families to the park in big numbers.