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Colorful bursts fill the skies after mostly gray, and briefly stormy, day

The Jaycees fireworks display went on as scheduled Sunday, a few hours after thunderstorms rolled across the city. The rain dispersed crowds attending the Lawrence Originals festival in Watson Park, but several dozen people returned to watch the 45-minute show.

The Jaycees fireworks display went on as scheduled Sunday, a few hours after thunderstorms rolled across the city. The rain dispersed crowds attending the Lawrence Originals festival in Watson Park, but several dozen people returned to watch the 45-minute show.

July 5, 2010

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Lawrence Originals continue with Watson Park celebration despite rain

The local residents distributed food until rain forced many to leave the park, but some residents stayed. Enlarge video

Jillian Schwartz, 8, of Lawrence, passed some time in Watson Park before the Jaycees fireworks display by setting off sparklers.

Jillian Schwartz, 8, of Lawrence, passed some time in Watson Park before the Jaycees fireworks display by setting off sparklers.

Jacob Holiday, Lawrence, holds up some cotton candy for sale on Sunday. People gathered in Watson Park on Sunday afternoon to enjoy food from the Lawrence Originals and other activities.

Jacob Holiday, Lawrence, holds up some cotton candy for sale on Sunday. People gathered in Watson Park on Sunday afternoon to enjoy food from the Lawrence Originals and other activities.

Cooking up some Tandoori Chicken, Kirane Choont prepares a dish for the India Palace at Watson Park.

Cooking up some Tandoori Chicken, Kirane Choont prepares a dish for the India Palace at Watson Park.

What began as a cloudy day in Watson Park eventually turned into a rain-soaked Fourth of July, dampening but not drowning the spirits of hundreds of people gathered in downtown Lawrence for the Lawrence Originals Food Festival and Fireworks.

“It started getting a little chaotic,” said Sara Wolfe, who was at the park. “The rain came and people kind of scattered under the trees, under the booths, just anywhere they could find some dryness.”

Sunday marked the festival’s second year and chefs — who represent restaurants original to Lawrence, not chains — were happy to serve their customers outside the setting of a restaurant. “It’s a picnic-type tradition and we think it’s an outstanding opportunity for people in Lawrence to come out,” said Paisano’s owner Steve Butland.

Holiday staples like hamburgers and hot dogs were on the menu, but many chefs wanted to give the community a true taste of Lawrence. “It gives the Lawrence Originals a chance to showcase their particular traits or their particular menu,” said Marisco’s co-owner Cindy Monshizaeh.

The festivities included live music and kids’ games, but as the rain arrived before dusk some began to doubt whether the fireworks show was still a possibility — everyone, that is, except the Jaycees fireworks crew.

Taking refuge under a tarp, Rick Bellinger was asked what the plan was. “Plan? We’re going to shoot off some fireworks. It’s going to stop raining,” he replied.

By 8:45 the rain had subsided and several dozen people began to move back to the park. Many said regardless of the weather they wanted to see this Fourth of July go out with a bang.

“I really want to see some fireworks,” Wolfe said, “so I’ll be here.”

Comments

BlackVelvet 3 years, 9 months ago

I wish I had seen it in person. The camerman on Sunflower (it was broadcast live on channel 99) was moving the camera all over the place. It was dizzying!

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volunteer 3 years, 9 months ago

I enjoyed the aerial display from the porch of a friend whose home sits high somewhere in the Hutton Farms (Hutton West?) area. Friends and relatives from out of town were impressed.

Thank you, everyone who helped make the fireworks display possible! Lawrence rocks in so many ways.

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jteacher 3 years, 9 months ago

There were more than several dozen sitting by the old depot where we found a great spot. It was worth getting a little wet. Thanks, Lawrence!

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richfree 3 years, 9 months ago

Thanks to Rick B. and the Jaycees for putting on such a wonderfull show!! We can't always count on the weather to cooperate, but if we wait 10 minutes .........

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Smarmy_Schoolmarm 3 years, 9 months ago

I don't know where the reporter was but we were at Constant Park and there were quite a few people there. It wasn't cheek to cheek but more than we'd imagined there would be. There were people all along Mass, standing on the bridge, behind Johnny's, along the river. Many, many more than "several dozen".

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Smarmy_Schoolmarm 3 years, 9 months ago

I honestly can't understand what it is you're trying to say RidgeRunner. Sorry.

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Steve Jacob 3 years, 9 months ago

"several dozen people returned to watch the 45-minute show"

At some point you have to think doing a show at a better date would get more people then doing it last night, for very few people. If you have a firework display that almost no one saw, did it really happen?

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RidgeRunner 3 years, 9 months ago

Smarmy,

Really...

You'd think by some comments about our (Lawrence) 4th of July Fireworks show, that yesterday wasn't actually a red blooded holiday and that the family time spent must have been like attending a funeral, for such outgoing ungratefulness today.

Have the day off, 1230?

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RidgeRunner 3 years, 9 months ago

Smarmy,

Really...

You'd think by some comments about our (Lawrence) 4th of July Fireworks show, that yesterday wasn't actually a red blooded holiday and that the family time spent must have been like attending a funeral, for such outgoing ungratefulness today.

Have the day off, 1230?

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Smarmy_Schoolmarm 3 years, 9 months ago

Where in the article was the display rated?

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Lori Nation 3 years, 9 months ago

I'm sorry but once again the display was highly overrated.

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swan_diver 3 years, 9 months ago

Get those commas out of that head LJW!! Did any of you folks go to school?

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