Wolfforth to Paint the Sky in fireworks show at Patterson Park

Bring your kids, your mosquito repellant, your lawn chairs and your picnic blankets: Wolfforth is determined to have fireworks in Patterson Park for the Fourth of July this year.

“Even if it’s a little rainy, we’re not going to let it scare us this year,” Steve Komarek, a Wolfforth Volunteer Fire Department firefighter, said. “I don’t care who says what, I’m going to shoot ’em. We’ve got to dispose of these.”

Komarek was referring to the July 4, 2010, show, which was rained out, and the July 4, 2011, show, which was, he said, “droughted out.” The fireworks from 2010 have been in storage since then, and because about 20 percent no longer work, he has purchased more to make up for the duds and to expand this year’s show to 35 minutes.

It was Komarek who bought Class C fireworks, the kind that anyone can purchase on the outskirts of town, and put on Wolfforth’s first show in 1996.

He said Wolfforth’s city manager at the time, Frankie Pittman, and then-Mayor Bob Tate, were impressed enough that they started efforts to fund it. Since then, Wolfforth’s show has been known as “Paint The Sky on the Fourth of July.”

Komarek worked five years to get a state license to shoot Class B fireworks, and has enjoyed putting on the show since.

City Secretary Debbie Perkey said the event has become a family event since the 1990s. People come to Patterson Park hours before just to hang out, she said.

“Kids are all over the playground. It’s very definitely a family” event while waiting for the fireworks, she said.

Grills are available at picnic areas. People can also bring their own grills, she said, but she cautioned that no one will be allowed to drive or park on the grass, so any cooking equipment should be easily picked up.

While there are picnic tables and a few benches, there won’t be enough to go around, Perkey said.

“It’s a bring-your-own-seating” event, she said. With her own family of a dozen or more people, she said they typically bring blankets for the kids and chairs for the grown-ups.

She also said people can bring coolers of drinks, but no alcoholic drinks.

“You can’t have alcohol in the park. But you can have other drinks,” she said.

If sliding in the playground or walking the path around the park isn’t your favorite way to wait out the dusk, Perkey said you might think about bringing a fishing pole. The city follows state fishing rules, which require fishing licenses for ages 16 and up, but she said children under 16 do not have to have one.

Because of the Patterson Park playa lake, Perkey also advised that you bring some mosquito repellant.

The city is also working to simulcast the fireworks with patriotic music over a local radio station.

The Wolfforth Fire Academy will also be selling concessions in the park.

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