Big fireworks display planned
There may not be a rodeo this year, but there will be Fourth of July fireworks.
Lots of fireworks.
What is typically set off over three nights on July 2, 3 and 4 will be sparked in one colorful exhibition beginning at about 10:30 p.m. on July 4, said Bruce Becker, the longtime president of the Livingston Roundup Association.
The fireworks display is expected to be among the largest in the association’s history with the rodeo, Becker said.
The association reluctantly announced recently that this year’s rodeo is canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but that it would move forward with a fireworks show for Livingston and Park County.
“Our feeling was that since there’s no rodeo, we need some sort of Fourth of July celebration,” Becker said. “It’s our Independence Day, and we raised the money for the fireworks, so we might as well use it for fireworks.”
The Park County Commission on Tuesday voted unanimously to give the LRA permission to use the Park County Fairgrounds to set up and light off this year’s fireworks show.
“It sounds like a good idea to me,” said Commission Chairman Steve Caldwell.
The fireworks are typically set up at the neighboring golf course, but Becker said more room is needed to set up this year’s display and that the fairgrounds would serve as an ideal location.
Becker said the fireworks would be set up in what is typically the parking lot for the rodeo. The area will be closed to the public but Becker said area residents should find it easy to see this year’s display from throughout Livingston.
Big Sky Fireworks of Helena will set off this year’s fireworks display, Becker said.
The fireworks are being paid for in part with roughly $19,000 generated from the Livingston Roundup Association’s Boots n’ Buckles Ball held in February at the Park County Fairgrounds.
The annual event raises money for fireworks costs during each year’s rodeo. Becker expects this year’s display to cost around $20,000 to $25,000 and said the association will pick up any remaining costs associated with the fireworks.
“It will be the biggest one we’ve ever done,” he said.