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Fireworks light up the night in Cumming
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Thousands gathered at the Cumming Fairgrounds on Thursday night to watch the city's annual fireworks extravaganza. - photo by Jim Dean

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CUMMING — Linda Laurin sat outside the Cumming Fairgrounds, looking skyward Thursday night with her two children.

“[We come] always, even when it rains,” she said of the city of Cumming’s annual fireworks show. “We just park our car and watch them from inside.”

Rain was not a problem this year for the thousands who flocked to the area. In fact, fairgrounds director Dave Horton credited the clear skies and good weather for the large turnout.

“We’ve had weather-affected July 3rds for at least the past three years,” he said. “This was our first real good crowd in a while.”

Horton said people came early to stake out the best viewing spots.

“We opened vendors at 6, and by 7 o’clock, it was pretty packed. Then it was a steady flow all the way up until fireworks time,” he said.

Laurin said the wait was just as fun for her children as the actual show.

“They like playing around,” she said.

Tammie Hennelly brought children Thomas, 9, Patrick, 8, and Molly, 4, to see the fireworks for the first time. She said she enjoyed the experience.

“It’s a great atmosphere. There’s so many families and the kids are having a great time,” she said.

Her friend, Jennifer Cloward, brought daughters Lindsay, 9, and Madeline, 7. This was also their first time at the fireworks.

“The kids are old enough now to withstand some of the booms,” she said.

Horton said the vendors did brisk business that night, with many running out of items.

Among the vendors was Chase Wales from the Country Folks Superstore on Spot Road in Cumming. The business sells hunting supplies, clothing and animal feed, among other items.

Wales, who is from Gainesville, said it was his first time at the local fireworks show.

“As soon as I sell my booth I’ll be over there watching,” he said.