Graford, PK to host fireworks shows

The Possum Kingdom Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 29th annual Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at YMCA Camp Grady Spruce on Saturday, July 2, with gates opening at 6:30 p.m. and closing at 8:45 p.m., no exceptions.

“We plan on having a really great fireworks show this year, and we hope everyone will come to see it,” said Gayla Chambers, executive director of the PK Chamber. “Bring the whole family out to celebrate Independence Day at Camp Grady Spruce. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket and make a picnic lunch. It’s the best place to see the Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show.”

The entry fee of $5 per person goes to YMCA Camp Grady Spruce to cover costs of the animal show and for staffing the event, including mowing the grounds and directing the influx of people for parking, people to take the money at the gate and also to pay for the rental of the bounce houses.

“We will have bounce houses, games, food, face painting, cardboard boat regatta, swimming and more,” said Danielle Kasper, associate director of the group and family camp.

Camp Grady Spruce will offer a variety of activities for children to participate in while waiting for the fireworks show to begin. From 6 to 9 p.m., there will be an animal interaction station in the cafeteria at Main Camp featuring the Wildlife on the Move program. For the past seven years, the camp has hosted the program that features a wide variety of live animals from Africa, Australia, North America, South America and Southeast Asia in a presentation by K.C. Rudy and Eric Brittingham. 

When it gets dark, the sky will light up as fireworks explode over Hell’s Gate, colorfully reflected on the water below. The grand finale will be the “Waterfall of Fire.” The radio frequency the show will be choreographed to is 91.9 FM.

Director of Camp Grady Spruce Operations Dean Cowser said, “You can go any place to watch a fireworks show, and I’m sure it would be good, but no where else in the world — that I know of — features a place where fireworks fall into the lake below. The ‘Waterfall of Fire’ across Hell’s Gate entrance is spectacular.”

The YMCA Camp is located at the end of Park Road 36 on the Peninsula at Possum Kingdom Lake.

Commemorative July 4th t-shirts costing $20 are being sold at the PK Chamber as a fundraiser to help pay for this year’s show, which costs about $30,000. The t-shirts are also available at the Trading Post at PK and What A Burger at Sportsman’s World.

“We have plenty of t-shirts on hand, and we hope the community will get behind us and help keep this traditional event going,” said PKCC Executive Secretary Pam Wheat.

The PKCC Hell’s Gate Fireworks Show is funded solely by donations. For more information or to make a credit card donation, contact the PK Chamber office at 940-779-2424, or mail checks made payable to PKCC , at 362 N. FM 2353, Graford, Texas, 76449.

On Monday, July 4, Graford will hold its annual Fourth of July in the Park community celebration beginning at 6 p.m. in the downtown square, located on Main Street just north of Highway 254. There will be free hot dogs and chips, homemade ice cream, cakes, cookies and cold drinks.

Graford’s Fourth of July celebration will include entertainment by the Brady Bowen & Swing Country Band. Fireworks are set to begin at 9 p.m. For more information, call Robert Ray at 940-445-1639.

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