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Traditional Skyview Boomfest Gets a New Look

// News // DC // VA // Norfolk

This weekend’s Boomfest meshes together new sights with traditional activities.

“It’s not the same thing every year,” said Don Wisnieski, president of Big Bang Boom, which puts on Boomfest. “We’re always trying to raise the bar.”

Thinking big, Wisnieski and the other Big Bang Boom committee members decided that lasers were the way to reach new heights at Norfolk’s annual fireworks show, which is set to take place at Skyview Lake on Saturday, July 7, at 10 p.m.

“Most people have never seen a laser show,” Wisnieski said.

The show, produced by Minnesota-based Lasertainment Productions, works in conjunction with the fireworks display. A 30 by 40 foot mesh screen will display full color laser projection, and as many as four laser beams will be projecting throughout the show.

“This gives a whole new dimension to a fireworks show,” Wisnieski said.

According to Wisnieski, the Big Bang Boom committee is expecting more people at the lake this year to see the laser show and enjoy the other activities.

“It’s the largest family picnic in the area,” he said . “If you have kids, you have a big reason to come early.”

Boomfest is joining this year with the new Music in the Park program. The second of four summer jazz and blues concerts to be held at Skyview Lake this summer will start at 6:30 p.m. at Boomfest.

The sights and sounds do not end there. People interested in seeing a part of American history can view a piece of the World Trade Center’s infrastructure, which the Bennington Volunteer Fire Department is bringing to Boomfest.

Food, vendors and U-Hop Entertainment inflatables will open at 1 p.m. for anyone wanting to enjoy the picnic atmosphere.

An activity returning to Boomfest is Zumba in the Park. Hosted by the Norfolk Family YMCA, Zumba will bring Boomfest attendants to their feet. Beginners and experts alike can participate in this calorie-burning workout. 

Although Wisnieski was not able to watch the Zumba event last year, he said people have been talking about it ever since.

“It was huge last year. Everyone had a riot doing it and watching it,” he said.

Big Bang Boom officials are touting Boomfest as much more than one of the largest events in Northeast Nebraska.

“This is probably the largest fireworks and laser show in a many state area,” Wisnieski said.

The organization estimates 18,000 to 22,000 people will come to Skyview Lake to watch the fireworks, while thousands more will view the show from either the park or their homes.

“We’re excited about this year,” Wisnieski said.

The show itself will be larger, as 8,791 shells are going in the air. This is significantly more than last year, Wisnieski said.

Boomfest will coordinate with local radio stations to air patriotic music at 9:45 p.m. for the preshow. The main show, scheduled to start at 10 p.m., will contain 24 minutes of fireworks, with the largest finale yet at Boomfest, Wisnieski said.

The entire day of entertainment is free, but in order to continue the Boomfest tradition, Big Bang Boom started a “Just a Buck Makes it Happen” campaign. After the show, volunteers in red shirts will be at the exits with donation barrels.

Wisnieski said one dollar from everyone can go a long way in supporting the show.

“We really appreciate any of the contributions. It doesn’t matter if it’s just a buck or $10,000, every one of them counts,” he said.

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