By Polly Keary, Editor
One of the valley’s regular events, the annual Fourth of July picnic in Gold Bar, has been cancelled. But there are still a lot of fun things to do within a few minutes’ drive, including a new and large event in Index that will include a fireworks show.
Here is a roundup of the happenings in the Sky Valley area for the nation’s birthday party.
Skywizard Pyrotech show at Paula’s Wine Knot
Saturday, July 29
Get a jump on the festivities this Saturday by attending the 3rd Annual Skywizard Pyrotech Fireworks show at Paula’s Wine Knot, just south of town off SR 203.
This annual show is put on by Chuck Briggs, who also sells fireworks June 28-July 5 through SkyWizard Pyrotechnics, located at Paula’s Wine Knot and River Valley Farm. Briggs will demo some of the products for sale at the stand, as well put on a full-sized fireworks display.
The show is about 16 minutes long, is synchronized to music including the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix and includes some special effects. It’s free to park and free to get in. Bring blankets to spread on the lawn to watch the fireworks. The event is suitable for all ages. There are no reservations taken, and in the last two years, turn out has been about 1,000, so get there early for a good seat. The show starts at dusk.
For a preview of the evening’s spectacular and elaborately synchronized show, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNpw_Q5YRjg.
USA Birthday Bash at the Evergreen Speedway
Thursday, July 4
Enjoy a night at the races, some spectacular stunts and a fireworks show at the Evergreen Speedway the night of the 4th, presented by Republic Services.
In addition to figure eight racing, stock racing and other regular track favorites, watch stuntman Mr. Dizzy and his crew perform some of the stunts that won them a spot on a History Channel reality show to air this fall.
Tickets are $25 for reserved seating for adults, $20 for general seating, $15 for seniors 62 and older as well as military, and $10 for kids 6-15.
Skyfest in Index
Thursday, July 4-7
A four-day outdoor sports festival kicks off Thursday night with a fireworks show in Index (see story this page).
The show starts seating at 7 p.m., and there is a free shuttle.
Community fireworks gathering in Sultan
Thursday, July 4
The First Baptist Church of Sultan is inviting community members to bring their fireworks to the lot behind the church and light them off as a community.
There will be barbecue and other fun.
The First Baptist Church is located at 315 8th St. in Sultan.