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In 2013 Big Bang Boom was voted "BEST ANNUAL AREA EVENT" by the people of Northeast Nebraska community in a poll done by 94 Rock!!
To commemorate America's Bi-Centennial in 1976 the first fireworks show was shot at Skyview Lake with a $1500 budget. Orville Carlisle and Doug Zastrow put on that first show. This annual show has continued to grow and expand with the addition of many activities at Skyview since that time. Big Bang Boom, Inc. was formed in 1999 to coordinate the efforts of Norfolk's fireworks display that is touted as one of the largest in Nebraska. In 2003 Big Bang Boom, Inc. made a giant stride forward to help make the then "SATURDAY IN THE PARK" fireworks show the very best it could be by the addition of digitally fired fireworks supplied by J & M Displays of Yarmouth, Iowa setup and shot by Big Bang Boom committee members using the E-Z Fire control system. This technology allowed for choreographed shell breaks to the music being played. This also allowed for the addition to the show of Big Bang Boom's signature "fireballs”, which increased intensity of the production. In 2007 the name of the event was changed to "Boomfest" to encompass the diversity of the event. In 2011 the next step was taken with addition of the Pyrodigital firing system which allows for even more precise firing of the show. Big Bang Boom, Inc. now operates on a budget of nearly $40,000 which is made possible by fundraisers and sponsorships. Big Bang Boom, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation.
Boomfest is a fun-filled day of family oriented activities prior to the fireworks.
New this year will be helicopter rides around the City of Norfolk throughout the day in addition to the LifeNet helicopter that will be on display by the midway. A wood carver will be on site to make 3 items that will be auctioned or raffled off before the fireworks show. "An Evening" (John Denver Tribute Band) will begin playing at 630pm up until show time. The Great Idaho Potato Truck from the Great State of Idaho will also be on display for the entire event.
Vendors will again offer a vast variety of food and drink and an inflatable midway for the youngsters will be set up by U-Hop (all day wristbands $13 or individual tickets will be available to purchase)
The YMCA and Big Bang Boom, Inc. will be sponsoring the Red, White and Boom challenge race, for both adults and kids. The race will begin with the first heat at 8 am and kids race at 10 am. This event will start and end at Skyview Lake just northwest of the playground area at the free parking area.
As always remember to bring your Big Bang Boom Box (portable radio) to the lake and listen to the synchronized music of the fireworks display on one of the following radio stations: 94 Rock (94.7 FM ) US92 (92.7) 106 KIX (106.7) & Lite Rock (97.5). The Big Bang Boom Committee strives to make this show bigger and better each year. For 38 years this has been our goal and we have made this our mission.