By Wyndi Veigel
With a few new changes, Sparks flew with thousands in attendance at this year’s Sparks of Freedom event.
The event, held at Southlake Park July 4, was sponsored by the Farmersville Community Development Corporation and the Farmersville Volunteer Fire Department.
Sparks of Freedom, named by Fire Chief Kim Morris’ wife Sharon, was originally organized in 2012 as a way to showcase Southlake Park since many residents did not realize the park existed.
Each year, participation has grown exponentially: from a few hundred to a few thousand this year.
“It was wonderful. The VFD did an outstanding job again. The event continues to grow and the venue is perfect. The concessions were outstanding and more than reasonably priced. Many thanks to everyone involved in making this event such a huge success,” Mayor Joe Helmberger said.
The 2015 Sparks of Freedom showcased local band Short Fuse and the talents of firework guru Charlie Peters and his crew who put together the 30-minute display for spectators.
“Thanks to 4B, the city, vendors and wonderful citizens. The food was fantastic, rides enjoyed by the kids and Charlie put on his best show. We want everyone to come out earlier next year for more rides and great food,” Fire Chief Kim Morris said.
Unlike years past, the Farmersville Fire Department did not cook food, but rather opened the event to a variety of vendors including games and good.
The FVFD cleared around $1,300 with donations, which will be used to aid in fire department equipment purchases.
“I want to personally thank the members of this department and some of the families that assisted in preparation and cleanup,” Morris said.