Local Fireworks Shows
July 4, 2011 by staff
They were nothing special, the type can be found anywhere in mid-summer. About 30 people showed up. More than three decades later, Olson’s family is celebrating the Fourth with fireworks. But things have grown a bit since the opening party.
Fireworks require a federal permit. And about 2,000 people show up to see. As Scheidegger Implement, Fireworks is still a family affair.
Ron Olson, who has owned the store to implement in Waumandee since the death of Maynard in 1999, now pays the bill for fireworks.
And the lights themselves.
The show, which takes about 40 minutes, has a special significance this year – marking the 65th anniversary of implementing Scheidegger, who has been in the family since Art was founded in 1946 Scheidegger.
The business was passed to the son of Art, Maynard, in 1976, and then to Ron in 1999.
At first, Ron said, could not even turn on the computer.
Now he is using the Internet to Scheidegger continuous operation, and has customers as far away as Indiana and Pennsylvania.
While Ron has worked to keep his business as modern as possible, with new buildings, machinery and greater web presence stronger, he said one thing remains the engine Scheidegger Implement: tradition.
One way to keep that tradition strong is the fireworks display.
Waumandee State Bank has provided hot dogs, fries and soda for viewers 10 years, and the Buffalo County Dairy Commission will offer ice cream for the event.
Ron said people start arriving as early as 6 pm, a total of four hours before the first explosion in the sky.
He hopes to hit 2,500 in this year’s show, held in a city with a population of 75, a figure that includes a “cats and dogs.”
The event is a milestone for both the city and the business.
“There are no distributors to implement many they put on fireworks,” said Ron, “but we do.”
There will be a fourth generation running Olson Scheidegger implement. Ron’s two children are happily occupied and not think about a career change when Ron decided to retire, he said. That said it would not happen in the short term.
“I just started,” he said. “I’m not worried about quitting.”
Until then, Ron will continue to operate the business.
And placed fourth in the city of July show.
“It costs a little money, it requires some work, but people appreciate,” he said.
“That’s what small towns are about.”
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