It was a record setting Fourth of July onOologahLake.
Redbud Marina conducts the annual fireworks show. Marina owner Mike Fawcett and his son choreograph and light the fireworks.
The pair fired off 722 shells last Thursday night. Fawcett said it was one of the biggest crowds he can remember for the fireworks show.
“It was one of the biggest turnouts we’ve ever had,” Fawcett said. “Everyone had a good time and we had a bunch of good safe people on the lake.”
Fawcett drove 1,200 miles roundtrip toOhioto pick up the fireworks. He said the company custom packaged the shells for the finale. Despite the hard work, Fawcett said he loves producing the show every year.
“It’s more fun than an adult should have,” he said.
Corps of Engineers Oologah Lake Manager Allen Ryan said it was an outstanding holiday weekend on the lake. He said there were a high number of visitors enjoying swimming, boating and camping, especially at Hawthorn Bluff.
“The annual fireworks display was fantastic as usual and certainly a highlight of the weekend. Many thanks to Redbud Marina for their outstanding efforts,” Ryan said. “Corps Rangers indicated that it was the largest number of vehicles they have ever parked for this event. We’re very thankful to report no major accidents or incidents throughout a very busy weekend.”
Ryan said rangers made a lot of water safety contacts with the public and many children received water safety handouts. Some of those children earned free Wendy’s frosty coupons for wearing their life jackets.
The fireworks show is funded through donations. Fawcett said the marina met the fundraising goal and had a little left over as seed money for next year’s show.
Fawcett said volunteers collected $800 at Hawthorn Bluff. He said some people already had checks made out when they came through the gate.