|Racing, fireworks spark 4th of July activities|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Phillips County Raceway action on Thursday, July 3, and the Friday, July 4, fireworks display south of Holyoke City Park highlighted the holiday activities in Holyoke with a spark of patriotism.
A Salute to the King meet-and-greet steak dinner with 20-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion Steve Kinser was sponsored by S&W Auto Supply/NAPA prior to Thursday’s races. Kaitylynn Kafka, pictured above center with her grandma, Kim Young, eyes Kinser with interest as he signs her souvenir photo.
Racing was at its finest Thursday night. However, at the tail end of hot laps Friday, the skies opened up for a nice little rain shower that doused that evening’s racing schedule.
Timing of the downpour did not affect the Holyoke Volunteer Fire Department’s fireworks show. Spectators set up their lawn chairs on the park lawn and enjoyed the patriotic music playing. Attached to a fire truck on the south side of the park, an American flag waved in the breeze. Those attending heartily agreed that the fireworks show was worth the wait.
A block south of the park, Holyoke Church of Christ hosted a gathering, offering free ice cream, popcorn and bottled water. A number of community members enjoyed their refreshments and set up chairs on the church lawn to watch the fireworks. Cars lined the highway and streets, people sat curbside, and residents at Regent Park Nursing home were outside for the show, as well.
Pictured below, Chole Villalobos, pictured in back center, helps her daughter, nephew and niece with their sparklers prior to the city’s fireworks. The children are pictured from left, Miranda Morales, Andres Bencomo and Sophia Bencomo. —Enterprise photos
Holyoke Enterprise July 10, 2014