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Local communities gear up for Independence Day

Hannah Grover The Daily Times
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — San Juan County residents will have the choice of three firework shows this year.

The first fireworks display will be Friday. Farmington will set fireworks off on Sullivan Hill. Then, on the Fourth of July, Tommy Bolack will have his show from B-Square Ranch, located in south Farmington off of U.S. Highway 64.

The final display will be Sunday in Bloomfield as part of its second annual Olde Tyme Family Fourth.

Bloomfield Mayor Scott Eckstein said in his 11 years of being a public official he has never seen a response as positive to a city event as the one received last year for the Olde Tyme Family Fourth.

For weeks after the celebration, the city was receiving emails, phone calls and visitors, he said.

"We knew it was a big hit with our community," Eckstein said.

Some new things this year include a kids carnival and vendors who will sell their wares during the fireworks show.

Because Bloomfield did not want to compete with Farmington's fireworks, it has scheduled its show for July 5. That means people can watch Farmington's fireworks on the third, Bollack's fireworks at B-square Ranch on the fourth and Bloomfield's on the fifth.

Eckstein explained that before the city started its fireworks, people had to drive to Farmington and sit in their cars.

Now Bloomfield residents can drive down to the soccer fields off of 1st Street and sit on lawn chairs or blankets.

"We just wanted to offer a different option," Eckstein said.

While residents and visitors can watch the fireworks in Farmington and Bloomfield, other communities have also planned celebrations for the Fourth of July.

Sheep Springs Chapter House will host a day of games that include a volleyball tournament, basketball tournament, fashion show and one-man band contest starting at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Aztec Speedway will have kart races starting 9 a.m. Saturday.

Mike Tenski, the track manager, said the races will be an opportunity for family fun and people who own a quarter-midget kart or International Kart Federation karts can participate for a $10 entry fee.

Tenski said it's hard to attract larger cars for Speedway races on holiday weekends, so they decided to focus on Go Karts.

And kart racing involves youth who may come back to the track to race as adults, he said. Many times the children who start racing karts later move up to larger cars.

"It's kind of a stepping stone," he said.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and hgrover@daily-times.com. Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.