Casper Boat Club sponsors the annual July 4th fireworks display each year for CBC members, friends, relatives, and Alcova area residents. As usual, it was another spectacular show this year. Sadly, Andrew Burgess, after managing the show for us for ten years decided to step aside. However, our Club responded by sending four member volunteers to receive fireworks training, so that we could continue the CBC fireworks tradition. And...we did it! The show went off without a hitch and everyone enjoyed a fantastic fireworks display on July 4th.
One of the best things about the CBC fireworks display is the location and atmosphere. It's hard to top seeing fireworks shoot off the island over the water, and hearing the echoes across the lake. People find their favorite locations to enjoy the display; beach, lawn, hillside, boats, deck, whatever. A truly great event and thanks to CBC, an awesome annual event that we plan to continue for years to come. If you would like to make a donation to cover the cost of the fireworks for next year, please stop by the Club to fill out a form, or call the Club for further information.
It would not be appropriate to post this article without recognizing and thanking the member volunteers for their time and effort in making this event so successful. Special thanks go to Rob Vondra, Pat Burgen, Ken Denman, and Rick Means. These members attended an all day training so that we not only have someone who can manage the display, but we have built in redundancy by having several people trained. Also, a big thank you to Rob Vondra, Pat Burgen, Ken Denman, and Tom Stokes for doing the "island work." This includes setting up the fireworks canisters, filling them with the fireworks powder, and connecting them to the computer board. In addition, once the actual fireworks powder is placed in the canisters, someone must be present at all times to make sure wayward water sport enthusiasts do not come on to the island. A necessary safety precaution for all.
There is also the transportation of all the canisters and equipment to and from the island to be considered. Again, several members volunteered to do the loading and unloading on and off the barge of canisters, fireworks, and various other equipment needed to make the fireworks display possible. This takes several hours of work for several people, on the day before (July 3) and the day after (July 5). Instead of boating and partying with family and friends, these members put in long hours to make the fireworks display a success. Also, a special shout out to Lynn Burgess for organizing the training and moving the fireworks storage container to and from the front dock.
Below is a list of member volunteers that helped make the fireworks possible for 2018. If you know or see any of these members during your time at the lake, give them a hearty "Thank You." They deserve it!
And please....consider volunteering yourself next year for this project. It's one way you can give back to the Casper Boat Club Community.
Casper Boat Club Fireworks Volunteers - 2018
Rob Vondra, Pat Burgen, Ken Denman, Tom Stokes, Larry Stevens Jr., Rick Means, Nathan Vondra, Howard Oden, Austin Vondra, Donovan Short, Andrew Burgess, Dave McMahan, Lynn Burgess, Extreme Performance (pontoon barge).