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The Farmville Regional Airport gets lit

This article originally appeared in The Rotunda (archived). Photos by Miriam Loya, Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor.

Town of Farmville hosts “End of the Summer Labor Day Fireworks Event”

With the school year now in full swing, Farmville has tried something new and enjoyable for people of all ages: an end of summer celebration. The “Labor Day Fireworks Event” was held on Saturday, Sept. 4 at the Farmville Regional Airport complete with fireworks, food vendors and music.

The musical groups featured include ShugaSIZED Band followed by The Suit and Tie Band. These bands performed covers of various popular songs such as Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” “Hey Ya” by Outkast, “Purple Rain” by Prince, Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me” and “My Girl” by The Temptations.

No event like this is complete without a plethora of food options, giving business opportunities to local mom and pop catering outlets. Various flavors of fresh squeezed lemonade were available along with wood-fired pizza, funnel cakes, Italian sausage, burgers and much more.

The celebration wrapped up with the main event: an impressive display of fireworks that did not disappoint. While many firework displays send off a multitude of works all at once and finish under 15 minutes, this particular show went on for an exciting 30 minutes.

This half-hour display combined the explosions in a manner of both spreading them out throughout some parts of the show and launching them in rapid succession at others.

Another unique quality of this show was the audience’s proximity to the action; the celebration-goers were a lot closer to the action than they would be at your typical fireworks event.

“My favorite part of the event was seeing the families and children come out, have fun and enjoy a community event,” said John Burton, a Farmville resident and Longwood University 2006 graduate.

Burton attended as a representative of the Farmville Downtown Partnership, a company that organizes events like this.

For the first time, Farmville has put on the Labor Day Fireworks event, which came out of last year’s Fourth of July celebration when it had to be pushed back to Labor Day.

“The Suit and Tie Band did an amazing job, and before them I really liked the ShugaSIZED Band,” stated Burton. “I thought they did a great job (playing) lots of really fun music. (They) got the crowd popping.”

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