Arthur, Illinois - The 2010 Arthur Fireworks Celebration will begin on Saturday, July 3rd at 4 pm with an Air Show featuring WW II Aircraft, Helicopter Rides, Skydivers and, possibly, a Military Flyover.
The Gigantic Fireworks Display will begin at approximately 9:30 pm and will feature exotic and unique Italian, Spanish, Japanese, and AMERICAN MADE shells that have never before been seen in North America and will include an 8 inch diameter by 36 inches long, multibreak Shell. Also in the Display is the 500 foot long Niagara Falls, plus The Wall Of Fire which is a 500’ long and 75’ foot high Wall of Flame! Plus, thousands of shells including 10”, 8”, 6”, and 5”, are to be fired during the 24 minute display, all timed to music that will be simulcast on 106.7 FM/The Fox. And back by popular demand, The Rural Patriot will ride his Horse of Freedom through the Niagara Falls carrying The American Flag!
AM Pyrotechnics in Buffalo, MO are supplying the Fireworks with the actual show firing sequence designed by Aaron Mayfield. Plus, all of the 10” shells will be built by Bill Paige, a 3 time Grand Master Shell Builder Champion at The Pyrotechnic Guild International Firework Competition in North America, and these shells are being built right here in America instead of China. This means that these are manufacturing jobs that are returning to America!
This year will include the Arthur Fire Department launching “Arthur Fireworks-2010” T-shirts into the crowd at Jurgens park beginning at 4:00pm. The Rural Aviator will also drop T-shirts from his Powered Parachute as he flies over the country roads(weather permitting). This free event will continue until all of the T-shirts are fired or dropped!
The Air Show will precede the fireworks and will feature the WW II T-6 aircraft and Skydivers from Mid-America Sport Parachute Club from Taylorville, Illinois with the final skydiver bringing in the American Flag. Back this year is Central Illinois Air from Mattoon offering Helicopter rides on site beginning at approximately 4:00pm with a cost of $ 20.00 per person. This Air Show has been a crowd favorite for ten years and will return in 2010. Food and drink stands will be open and “Arthur Fireworks-2010” T-shirts will be available in Jurgens Park throughout the afternoon and evening.
Handicapped parking is available on site.
The 2010 Arthur Fireworks is the biggest fireworks display in Central Illinois and is proudly presented to you by The Arthur Rotary Club, The Village of Arthur, CBM Plastics Inc., and The Arthur Park Board. The estimated value of the July 3rd activities in Arthur is in excess of $55,000.00.
Contact Information: Arthur Visitor Center: 543.2242
The 2010 Arthur Fireworks Chairman: Tim Singer-254.5255
Arthur Fireworks Commissioner: Mark Jones-543.2233 or 246.2689
A.M. Pyrotechnics Co./Aaron Mayfield-417.267.3799