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Thu, Sept. 19

Chino Valley only tri-city town to have fireworks<BR>

Chino Valley will be the only community in the tri-city area to have fireworks this July 4th. Prescott and Prescott Valley are having alternative programs to fireworks because of the high fire danger.

The Chino Valley Recreation Department will sponsor the fireworks show that begins at 9 p.m. at the Susan A. Williams Equestrian Center at Old Home Manor, 3 miles east on Perkinsville Road off Highway 89.

Chino Valley Fire District Chief Chuck Tandy deemed the site safe for fireworks, however if winds pick up that day and the fall out from the fireworks becomes a safety hazard, he will cancel the show that night. Tandy and his crews will be on hand during the entire show.

He said the 800 acres at Old Home Manor is bare and is a low fire danger. For information about the fire aspect of the fireworks show, call Tandy at 636-2242.

Chino Valley Mayor Dan Main said mayors and fire officials from the tri-city area discussed fireworks hazards, agreeing their first concern is safety. Their secondary concern was to try their hardest to give locals and visitors an "outlet" for July 4th celebrations, rather than people using sparklers, firecrackers or other similar small fireworks in their backyards.

The Chino Valley show also features carnival rides that open at 4 p.m., food booths and other booths, entertainment from the local country band Michael Ray & Latigo, Sharney Dye signing the National Anthem, the Model Aviators Air Show from 6:30-7:30 p.m., a welcome from the Chino Valley Territorial Rodeo Queens at 7:30 p.m.

Recreation Department officials recommend that people bring chairs and shade and advise people to come early to get a parking space and to expect delays in their departure.

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