The sky above Corowa’s John Foord Oval on New Year’s Eve was lit up spectacularly for the large crowd gathered to witness the community fireworks display.
Many came early to enjoy a picnic on the grass and the carnival that was set up just inside the oval gate.
Chairman of the Fireworks Committee Paul Miegel said feedback had all been positive and organisers were pleased with the turn out and response from families.
Cr Miegel said opening a portion of John Foord Oval up for the first time for the public to view the fireworks worked well.
“We had discussions with the pyrotechnician about how close we could let people come in terms of the exclusion zone,” he told the Free Press.
“The exclusion zone is always a big issue but we talked to him and asked about opening up the fireworks viewing area.
“We managed to work it that we could open up part of John Foord Oval up without reaching exclusion zones and this allowed really good viewing for the families.
“If people chose to sit inside this area they had the best seat in the house.”
The first fireworks display kicked off at 9.30pm and went for about four minutes and were greeted by plenty of cheers and applauses at its conclusion.
After the first fireworks display things went quiet until about 11pm when crowds started to build up for the midnight show, which was very spectacular, running for just over nine minutes.
Cr Miegel said the midnight fireworks were a lot higher, high enough to be seen from most areas of Corowa, Rutherglen and Wahgunyah.
“Revellers had the best of both worlds as they could stay at home and watch them from their yard or attend the fireworks show,” he said.
“We were very pleased with the display and with the community who were all well behaved and we thank the community for their tidiness because there was very little rubbish to pick up the following morning.”
This year’s show took on more of a carnival atmosphere with revellers treated to stalls, a jumping castle, food vendors and a sideshow alley.
“We are always looking at ways to improve things and we believe these things made a difference,” Cr Miegel said.
The Rotary Club of Corowa co-ordinated the fireworks funding and wanted to thank its major sponsors including Corowa RSL, Ricky D’s Pizza and Rivalea, who sponsored the early display for families and children.
The club would also like to thank Gyles Newsagency for their donation of $500, Corowa Meats for their contribution of $200 and Maree Jones for her donation of $100.
An anonymous donation of $500 was also welcomed.
The club also wanted to thank the Corowa Fire Brigade who handed out firefighter hats to the children before the show, which were really appreciated.
Donation tins for the fireworks will be left in most shops that currently have them until after Australia Day, so that those who enjoyed the fireworks may wish to help put on the show next New Year’s Eve.
Thank you also to everyone who came through the gates and donated as they entered.
Videos of both fireworks displays are on the following Facebook pages, Corowa NYE Fireworks, Corowa Rotary Club and Corowa Events.
Planning is now underway for next year’s display.