Hundreds gather at Lake Conroe fireworks show

Published 9:08 pm, Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Photo: Michael Minasi, Staff Photographer

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Conroe resident Beaux Leitz, center, holds his 11-month-old daughter Mckenzie as she plays with him and Taylor Anderson, right, during Fireworks Over Lake Conroe on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, on the Lake Conroe Dam. less Conroe resident Beaux Leitz, center, holds his 11-month-old daughter Mckenzie as she plays with him and Taylor Anderson, right, during Fireworks Over Lake Conroe on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, on the Lake Conroe ... more Photo: Michael Minasi, Staff Photographer

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Azriel Stork, 2, center, walks along the pier in front of Fajita Jack's with his grandmother Joyce Brown and family friend Evelyn Welchel, 6, before the Fireworks Over Lake Conroe event on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Azriel was adopted only a week prior by the Stork family. less Azriel Stork, 2, center, walks along the pier in front of Fajita Jack's with his grandmother Joyce Brown and family friend Evelyn Welchel, 6, before the Fireworks Over Lake Conroe event on Tuesday, July 4, ... more Photo: Michael Minasi, Staff Photographer

Azriel Stork, 2, threw his hands into the air and yelled "fireworks" from the Lake Conroe pier before a burst ever hit the sky Tuesday night.

But the smiling child had a lot to celebrate this Independence Day.

While he has attended Fireworks Over Lake Conroe for two years, this year he celebrated as an official member of the family who has attended for 6 years. That because he was adopted one week ago after a two year process.

"Words really cannot describe the happiness," Conroe resident Katie Stork said. "We waited 743 days. This will be the first time to see the show and actually know what's going on."

Hundreds of people had a chance to celebrate the birth of American Independence with Fireworks Over Lake Conroe Tuesday.

The annual celebration hosted by The Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce's through a partnership with the San Jacinto River Authority at the SJRA Dam at Lake Conroe entertained the crowds with a 22-minute long fireworks show to show appreciation and give back to the community, according to the Conroe Chamber of Commerce Director of Special Events Courtney Galle.The fireworks are launched from the midpoint of the SJRA Dam, which is approximately two miles long and from the original ground surface over 80 feet tall.

"The middle of the Dam offers a nice, safe vantage point so the fireworks can be seen from miles around," said SJRA General Manager Jace Houston. "The interesting thing about Montgomery County, it is a challenge to find a location where a show can be viewed by a lot of members of the public. There aren't wide open places where thousands of cars (can park and view the show). We are happy to be able to provide a venue for the Chamber but also a means for the community to gather and see a nice fireworks display."

The fireworks were visible along the south end of Lake Conroe with some of the best views at Fajita Jacks and near the Waterpoint Shopping Center on Texas 105.

Conroe resident Bonnie Hively, 51, joined her family on a blanket behind Fajita Jacks and has attended for about five years.

"Last year there was a malfunction, but it has always been a great show," she said. "I like it because it's friendly out here. But every year I tell myself to bring a chair and I always forget."

Celestial Displays keeps even the hosts guessing on what the show will feature, Galle said.

"They like us to be surprised too," she said. "It's unique to only our fireworks show."

This is the second year for the show to be held at the Dam since it was moved from its previous Diamondhead location. Last year, the show had to end early due to safety concerns from malfunctioning fireworks and wind challenges that caused four to five grass fires to break out on the brim directly behind the dam within five to six minutes of the Lake Conroe show, according to a previous interview with the city of Conroe Fire Marshal Mike Legoudes, Jr., who supervised the show. There were no injuries in the show and all protocols and precautions were followed, Legoudes said. The Chamber once again made safety a priority for this year's celebration.

"We are definitely taking precautions, monitoring the weather, making sure grass around the river is watered down," Galle said.

More than 200 people pre-registered for sponsorships and VIP viewing areas ranging from $250-$5,000. The funds from the event help support various Chamber events and services, such as Lobsterfest that is held in October.

For more information, visit www.conroe.org or call 936-756-6644.

Source : http://www.yourconroenews.com/news/article/Hundreds-gather-at-Lake-Conroe-fireworks-show-11266063.php

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