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Bullitt Blast: Fireworks, day of fun celebrates ninth year

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By Stephen Thomas

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - There is no better way to celebrate Independence Day than to enjoy a day of family fun capped off with a fantastic fireworks display.

    The ninth annual Fourth of July Bullitt Blast will take place Sunday at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.

    As always, the event is highlighted with a fireworks extravaganza courtesy of Zambelli Fireworks Internationale, the same company showcased during Thunder Over Louisville.

    The thunder taking place over Shepherdsville will be the exclamation point on a full day of fun and events at the Conference Centre.

    The oldest of local Independence Day traditions is the 20th annual Salt River Canoe Race presented by Kentucky Canoe and Kayak.

    Shepherdsville/Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission administrative assistant Jackie Allgeier said each canoe participant would receive a prize for participation.

    The contestants will meet this year behind the Sleep Inn located in front of the Conference Centre. They will be transported to the KOA Campground, where the race begins, wrapping up at the Conference Centre.

    For more information on participating call (502) 345-9220.

    The annual car show hopes to drive up the attendance this year, taking place from 1-4 p.m. with registration at 12:30.

    Registration is $10. For more information call (502) 774-4190.

    Car owners will not have to compete with a specialty car, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series #38 Great Clips show car.

    Drivers Kasey Kahne and Jason Leffler are sharing driving duties for the Great Clips team this year.

    The other daytime highlight is a cornhole tournament presented by Bluegrass Cornhole Company.

    Bluegrass features 50 per cent split prizes for first, second and third place teams.

    Registration begins at 1 p.m. with competition starting at 2. A $40 team entry fee applies. For more information call (502) 648-0405.

    The traditional event begins at 4 p.m. with the Conference Centre open to the community.

    “This is one time we get to showcase the Conference Centre,” said Allgeier. “This is our chance to say come in and enjoy.”

    Among other local celebrities, this year patrons will have an opportunity to see Bullitt County native Miss Kentucky USA Kindra Clark.

    Inside various vendors and exhibitors will host booths, along with the Tourist and Convention Commission’s famous 25-cent hand-dipped ice cream cone stand.

    The Shepherdsville Police will offer free photo identification cards for children.

    “Everybody needs to get their kids’ identification updated,” Allgeier said.

    Music will be supplied on the stage courtesy of Edgewood, a rockin’ country band making a return appearance to the event.

    Outside the kids can play free games and bouncy-rides, along with visiting a petting zoo and pony rides courtesy of Wallen Productions.

    Rides and food vendors will also be located outside, as well as the 14th Armored Re-Creations military show and display. The 14th Armored is a local group dedicated to preserving World War II history.

    DJ Jeff Flowers with Volcano Audio will supply the outdoor party music.

    One of the Bullitt Blast annual highlights is the world famous pie-eating contest sponsored by the Bullitt County Woman’s Club. The event is scheduled inside on the stage at 7 p.m.

    At around 9:30 p.m., a very special event will kick off the fireworks. Children of military personnel will lead a parade of flags.

    The fireworks will begin at around 9:45 p.m.

    Shepherdsville police will have traffic patterns set out to ensure a quick and easy departure for those in attendance. Police ask that everyone follow the directions provided by officers and by directional signs.