By GALEN HOLLEY
Spectacular fireworks, tons of good treats and the sweet sounds of gospel music are on tap this week during Grenada’s marquee outdoor festival.
Thunder on Water kicks off tomorrow with the opening of a bustling midway for family night at the carnival.
Thunder Chairperson Wanda Roche said that there should be something for every taste bud.
“We have lots of vendors coming in, and there will be funnel cakes, corn dogs, polish sausage and all sorts of goodies,” said Roche.
Fun games and wild rides will populate the midway which, as usual, will stretch alongside the spillway at Grenada Lake.
Due to a scheduling conflict the “Denim and Diamonds” beauty pageant has moved dates and venues.
The pageant will now be held at the Grenada High School Auditorium at 2 p.m. on June 14.
It was originally scheduled for June 12 at the Mattox Center.
Twenty-two beauties, both male and female, from babies to adults, have entered, according to event organizer Bethany McRee and the show promises to be fun.
“I think this pageant gives people who might not otherwise have involvement with Thunder to be a part of the festivities,” said McRee.
“This is a low stress event and everybody gets a little prize. We just want everybody to have fun.”
To learn more about the pageant visit the event’s Facebook page named Thunder on Water Pageant, Grenada.
Friday night lights will take on a new meaning on June 13 as the sky above the swimming beach will be ablaze with color.
A $25,000 fireworks show is slated for “dark thirty” according to Roche, meaning as soon as it gets good and dark.
In keeping with a great, Grenada tradition, folks will park along Highway 333, on the lake levee, to tailgate and watch the fireworks. Boaters will anchor their crafts just off the beach to watch.
“The accompanying music for the fireworks show will be broadcast on Star 92.3 radio station, and will include a mixture of patriotic music along with old favorites and even some contemporary pop music,” said volunteer Chris Savage.
Army Corps of Engineers officials will begin blocking off the road that traverses the damn at 5:30 p.m., according to Ranger Artie Hoff.
Folks are welcome to stay and tailgate for the whole fireworks show, but they need to be off the road by 15 minutes after the show ends, Hoff said, otherwise they’ll be towed.
“We don’t want people to leave their vehicles while they enjoy the rest of the festival,” said Hoff. “That road will be opened for traffic after the fireworks.”