Celebrating Independence Day
On Saturday evening thousands of people lined the shores of Camp Grady Spruce while others on boats crowded inside Hell’s Gate Cove and filled the distance between to see the spectacular fireworks display. All were waiting to get a glimpse of the “Waterfall of Fire” across Hell’s Gate entrance, at the 29th annual Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show, sponsored by the Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce.
Some picnicked and others patronized the vendors. Children enjoyed various activities, such as swimming, racing through the obstacle course bounce house, playing Ga-Ga Ball in the pit, while others visited the cafeteria to see Eric Brittingham and K.C. Rudy as they presented the Wildlife on the Move Show featuring some amazing critters, including a turtle, boas, tarantulas, large hissing cockroaches, lizards, slithery snakes and other various reptiles and invertebrates from Africa, Australia, North America, South America, and Southeast Asia in a presentation to educate and entertain and promote conservation and literacy. The entrance fee of $5 stays at Camp Grady Spruce.
The Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show is funded solely by donations.
“It costs about $30,000 to put on the show each year. To help us keep this tradition going, contact the PK Chamber office at 940-779-2424 for credit card donations, or mail checks made payable to PKCC , at 362 N. FM 2353, Graford, Texas, 76449,” said PKCC Executive Director Gayla Chambers.