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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • 'Fireworks Extravaganza' North Newton to host 4th of July events

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  • Newton Kansan
    Fourth of July firework shows may have flamed out in Newton, but in North Newton, the incandescent lights are still a go.
    The Newton City Commission opted to cut fireworks shows due to budget constraints, Newton Public Information Officer Erin McDaniel said. She noted that there will be a fireworks display at Kidron Bethel, a retirement village, located at 3001 Ivy Drive, in North Newton.
    Festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. in Kidron Bethel with a pulled pork barbecue meal, which will be served until 7 p.m. or while it lasts. Donations will be taken for the food and all proceeds will go to Kidron Bethel's Health Care Benevolent Fund, said Susan Garofalo, communications director with Kidron Bethel. She reminded everyone who wants to come out to bring their own lawn chairs.
    Children's activities will include bubbles, balloons, games and the Midland National Bank coin-grab for ages 3 through 10. Gift baskets themed for all ages will be available for bidding at the silent auction, Garofalo said.
    Starting around 6:30 p.m., musical entertainment will be on-hand. Three bands will perform - The Engineers, Delores and the Pickin'-Fretter and Jammin' Biscuits.
    The Engineers are made up of: Mike Dresher on mandolin, Dave O'Reilly on banjo and harmonica, Bill Kiehl on bass, Aaron Loggan on guitar and Gerry Roberts on resonator guitar. This will be the debut performance of the musical act, set to play bluegrass, gospel and country tunes.
    Then there is Delores and the Pickin'-Fretter.
    "Delores is an accordion Jenny Stover-Brown picked up for 50 bucks at a Minnesota garage sale," Garofalo said.
    The group consists of: Stover-Brown, Delores, guitarist Jeffrey Faus and bassist Al Nieves. Delores and the Pickin'-Fretter plays an eclectic mix of acoustic folk and rock tunes. The band plays original compostions as well as covers by artists like Alison Krauss and Robert Plant, Van Morrison, Gillian Welch, the Beatles, Nancy Griffith and Joni Mitchell.
    Jammin' Biscuits "distinctive four-part harmony is a hallmark of this band," Garofalo said. The group plays traditional and gospel bluegrass, utilizing a variety of instruments. Band members are: Gerry and Tracy Roberts, Nick Johnson, Tom Unruh, Gary Roberts and Rollin Schmidt.
    The grand finale will be the "Fireworks Extravaganza" show at dusk, around 9:30 p.m. This will be the 10th year for the fireworks show, said Kidron Bethel supervisor Jerry Conyers, who is helping to plan the show.
    The class C fireworks to be exploded are "nothing really little, but nothing humongous," Conyers said.
    "It's a grand show, no doubt. Things are going all at the same time. Usually, there's no lag time between anything. It's a constant show for at least 40 minutes."
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