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Fireworks show in Benton on Sunday

August 31, 2012

A fireworks display is scheduled late Sunday at Bernard Holland Park.
Robert Edwards, interim director for the Benton Parks and Recreation Department, said this is the fireworks show that originally had been planned for the Benton Freedom Fest held during the Fourth of July weekend. That show was canceled because of safety concerns during the "severe drought conditions," Benton Fire Chief Bill Ford said.
"We were disappointed that the Fourth of July fireworks show had to be cancelled. It would have been a great ending for Benton Freedom Fest," Alderman Kerry Murphy said. "However, we understand the conditions that caused the cancellation and concur with putting public safety first."
It can be said that it's better late than never, and it's all free to watch. Edwards encourages residents and visitors to bring lawn chairs to the park and sit back and enjoy the show.
Free parking will be available at Bernard Holland Park, using the lots for the baseball fields and the softball fields. Edwards said that if needed, overflow parking will be permitted on the old runway south of Bernard Holland Park Road. However, he said the area of the old airport north of Bernard Holland Ballpark Road will be blocked and not available for parking.
"Rescheduling the fireworks for Labor Day weekend is great," Murphy said. "We will be able to have a fireworks show to help celebrate our nation's tribute to the working men and women of America.”
Edwards said representatives of J & M Displays Inc. were integral in the rescheduling of the fireworks show for the Labor Day weekend.
For more information, call the Benton Parks and Recreation Department at 501-776-5970.

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