Fireworks set for Lake Fisher at 9:30 p.m.

Davis County residents won’t miss out on all of the July 4th fun this year even though the Ft. Bloomfield Rodeo and the Rotary Club’s Ft. Bloomfield Rodeo Parade had to be scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

John Schroeder of the Bloomfield Rotary Club says members are excited about serving their traditional July 4th Pancake Breakfast in the Davis County Courtyard from 7-11 a.m. Saturday.

“We usually serve 350-400 people, and this one may be all we can handle,” he predicted. “We’ll get help from about 12 people in addition to club members to get this done.”

Schroeder said the club has worked with ADLM (Appanoose, Davis, Lucas, Monroe) Emergency Management to assure regulations and safety precautions are being followed.

“ADLM said this would be their first such function since the pandemic began and we’ll be the guinea pig,” he said. “I think the club’s excited about this.”

Schroeder said the food preparation and serving area will be roped off, and those working will undergo prior training. There will be sanitation going into and coming out of the area, he said.

Tables in the courtyard will be spaced at least six feet apart, and only six people will be allowed per table.

Schroeder said those wanting seconds won’t be allowed into the food preparation tent, but will have to request more pancakes from a server.

“Rotary has served pancakes in the courtyard for over 30 years,” Schroeder said. “We’ve served a lot of pancakes over the years.”

While many businesses will be closed July 3 and July 4 to celebrate Independence Day (see ads on page 8A), IS Boutique at 107 ½ West Jefferson will be open and offering sidewalk sales — weather permitting — from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

“We’ll have purses, jewelry, clothing, and candles on sale,” said owner Brenda Williams. “We’ll be discounting some items to make room for new.”

Williams is hoping customers will stroll a half-block to the west following the pancake breakfast in the courtyard.

Fire Chief Jeff McClure and the Bloomfield Fire Department are anxious to experience a new twist to the traditional fireworks show, which usually follows the July 4th performance of the Ft. Bloomfield Rodeo.

This year’s fireworks display will take place at Lake Fisher around 9:30 p.m. on July 4.

McClure said spectators can park around the entire lake except the south end, which is where the fire department and Ag Society will be setting off the fireworks.

He encourages family groups to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the show, but to practice common sense on social distancing.

“This is a special event,” he said.  “We normally push about 300 shells, but this year we’ll be pushing around 500 shells.

“Most of the credit goes to the Ag Society (Fair Board) and the Rodeo Committee,” he said. “They coordinate the funding and putting on the show.”

Those working the fireworks display will spend around six to seven hours coordinating and doing the wiring for the show.

McClure said those interested in making donations for next year’s show should contact Barb Cole or Nancy Clancy. Though this year’s fireworks are paid for, money is collected in advance so fireworks can be purchased at a 30% discount in January.