Although the rain storm earlier in the day may have scared off a band, some spectators and all but one skydiver, fireworks sponsors, the Elverson-Morgantown Lions Club, expected a crowd of nearly 5,000.

"I don't think there was ever a time when we didn't get to set (the fireworks) off,' former Lions President Guy Hadden said before the show. "There's no doubt, they will go off tonight.'

And he was right, the fireworks began right on time with an extensive ground display that was followed by nearly 30 minutes of fireworks lighting the sky over the recently revamped athletic field of the high school.

After the display, the crowd broke out in ringing applause, while groups of kids throughout the stands shouted, "Give us more!'

While many attendees enjoyed the wide variety of food including french fries, lemonade, hamburgers and soft pretzels, many said they enjoyed the social atmosphere.

"They're a little better every year,' said Shirley Hopkins of Hopewell, who has attended the fireworks every year since they first started 18 years ago. "The Lions Club does a really good job,' added her husband, Robert.

Christa Barton, 16, of New Holland, also enjoyed the show, but thought more entertainment was needed for the younger crowd.

"The fireworks were nice, but they should have rides and music,' she said.

Vincent and Sue Verdegem, who drove all the way from Acklyn, decided to catch the fireworks after a friend had told them about the display.

"As a newcomer I was really impressed,' said Vincent Verdegem. "We'll definitely be coming back.'

Roger Burke of Pomeroy, also a newcomer to the event said he would return next year as well.

"These are the best fireworks I've seen - and I've seen them in three other states, he said.

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