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Boonville Daily News - Boonville, MO
  • Boonville, Bunceton celebrate the 4th with a bang

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  • Prior to last night’s Fire in the Sky at Kemper park in Boonville, Bunceton was already in the midst of its two-day celebration better known as Bunceton Days.
    While celebrating the Fourth of July on Wednesday and Thursday, Bunceton residents were treated from everything from an ice cream social to a pet contest, beer garden, street dance and a bounce house for the little kids.
    But if that wasn’t already enough, Bunceton also kicked off the 4th with a rural fire department bake sale and raffle. In addition to the bake sale and raffle, a breakfast was held yesterday morning along with the Little Miss 4th of July Contest, a Prince and Princess Contest, Babe Contest and parade along with games for the kids.
    During the parade, Richard “Dickey” Nelson led the many entries as the grand marshal.
    Randi Buchholz was the winner of the Little Miss 4th of July Contest while Darrin Leonard and Emma Pfeiffer were crowned Prince and Princess winners. Ashlen Homan, meanwhile, was named Miss Congeniality.
    As far as games for the kids, they participated in everything from a turtle race, frog jumping, straw coin search, tug of war, dunking booth, sack races, bounce house and pedal pull.
    Later that night, cow chip bingo kicked off the evening along with a city fire cake walk, washers tournament, summer ball association pork dinner and finally a fiddle contest.
    As for the Fire in the Sky at Kemper park, Pyro Technician Tim Boggs said 25-30 minute display featured 361 items at a cost of $5,500, which was sponsored by Boonville Isle of Capri, City of Boonville, KWRT and Dave’s Country Market.
    Boggs said while the setup takes approximately 3-4 hours, he said they had to spend a little more time yesterday covering fireworks due to the rain.
    “I want to think the Boonville Police Department, the Boonville Parks and Recreation Department, the Boonville Fire Department and volunteers,” Boggs said. “There is a lot of work involved in setting off fireworks and I appreciate all the good help. Whenever we are done and everybody heads home, we will be up here until midnight taking everything down and cleaning everything up.”
    Boggs said plans are already in the works to have a bigger and better Fourth of July celebration next year in Boonville.

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