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Wendell holds first town-run fireworks show


Hundreds of people came out to Wendell Community Park Saturday to take in the town's first fireworks show.  Junious Smith III | The Wake Weekly

Hundreds of people came out to Wendell Community Park Saturday to take in the town’s first fireworks show. Junious Smith III | The Wake Weekly

WENDELL — The town of Wendell lit up the sky during it inaugural fireworks show on Saturday.
For the first time, the town orchestrated a fireworks show, held at Wendell Community Park. Hundreds came out to the event, enjoying the park while beach music played and partaking of more than 10 food trucks before the fireworks kicked off. 
Among those taking in the sights was U.S. Rep. Deborah Ross (NC-D2), who said she wanted to be a part of history. 
“This is the first time Wendell is doing this, it’s a beautiful night and I wanted to support Wendell,” Ross said. “It’s great seeing how excited people are about being in the park for something special.”
The $20,000 showcase was set up under the request of the Wendell Board of Commissioners and executed by the town’s parks and recreation department. 
“The board wanted to have a show this year, and I spoke with the fireworks company to see what could be done,” Wendell Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Polaski sad. “We wanted it to be a great experience for everyone who came to the park.”
Scott Rains came to the event with family and said it was a great experience.
“It felt good just being out in the fresh air and enjoying everyone’s company,” Rains said.
The fireworks went off soon after the sun went down, and lit up the night sky for approximately 25 minutes.
Jeremy Deshazier said he was more than satisfied with the inaugural show, and the family enjoyed themselves as well. 
“The fireworks were really good and I think they did really good job for this being their first,” Deshazier said. “It’s not easy to pull one of these off and it was great family fun.”
Polaski said the plans are to take the event to another level in 2023.
“We’re taking this as a learning experience,” Polaski said. “We’re looking to see what works, what doesn’t and what needs to change, so we can make it even better next year.”