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July 3, 2014

TO DO THIS WEEKEND: Boomer Blast celebrates 125 years of Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla. — What: Fireworks show celebrating the Fourth of July and 17th Annual Family Fishing Tournament.

When: Friday. Parking lots open at 6:30 p.m., and fireworks show begins at 9:35 p.m.; registration for the fishing tournament begins at 5:30 a.m., and the tournament runs from 6-11 a.m.

Where: Boomer Lake Park at the intersection of Washington Street and Lakeview Road.

Event highlights: The city of Stillwater and Stillwater City Council are hosting the Boomer Blast Fireworks Show, Stillwater’s annual Independence Day Fireworks show, to celebrate 125 years of Stillwater since the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889. Eighteen businesses and organizations are sponsoring the 2014 Boomer Blast, including Oklahoma State University, Stillwater Radio, Suddenlink, Charlies’ Discount Drug and more. Local businesses, organizations and residents donated more than $18,000 in 2013 to keep Boomer Blast going in Stillwater.

The 17th Annual Family Fishing Tournament will also be held Friday beginning at 6 a.m. at Boomer Lake’s south boat ramp. Teams can consist of up to four family members, and there are both boat and non-boat categories. Adults participating should carry their fishing licenses with them, and boats should also be registered. State boating laws must be followed during the tournament. There should be one wearable U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket for each person in a boat. Children 12 years or younger should always wear a life jacket on a boat, according to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

Why attend: Stillwater residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit back and enjoy the fireworks. The show is free to attend. Registration begins at 5:30 a.m. for the fishing tournament, and there is a $15 entry fee for one team. There will be hot dogs and drinks available, as well as inflatables. Weigh-in begins at 11 a.m., and prizes will be given to winning participants in both boat and non-boat categories.

More info: If you’d like to become a Boomer Blast sponsor or have questions about the fireworks show, contact Community Center Manager Stephanie Gudgel at 405-533-8435 or at sgudgel@stillwater.org. If Boomer Blast is rained out, the fireworks show will be moved to Saturday or delayed until the fall. It is recommended people participating in the fishing tournament buy tackle and other fishing supplies if necessary at least the day before the tournament because of the early registration time. For more information on the fishing tournament, contact Parks Operations Manager Brad Eads at 405-533-8517 or email him at beads@stillwater.org.

 

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