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Corn stalks are silhouetted by the evening sky as a firework explodes overhead Saturday during Boombah. The fireworks show was the 25th year the Smith family said they have held it, charging no admission and using fireworks available for purchase at their stand.

Corn stalks are silhouetted by the evening sky as a firework explodes overhead Saturday during Boombah. The fireworks show was the 25th year the Smith family said they have held it, charging no admission and using fireworks available for purchase at their stand.

 

It's a clever idea.

Hold a free fireworks show with the product you sell. Invite a few food trucks, set up some games and, suddenly, it's a party.

 

Doug Smith addresses the crowd gathered on his property before Saturday's Boombah fireworks display. Up to 1,700 people were estimated by the family to have shown up for the show, thanks to advertising on social media.

Doug Smith addresses the crowd gathered on his property before Saturday's Boombah fireworks display. Up to 1,700 people were estimated by the family to have shown up for the show, thanks to advertising on social media.

 

Boombah has been organized by the Smith family for 25 years, but it's only been in the past five or so that it's started getting bigger. The family showcases their products, which went on sale this week, by lighting them for those coming out to watch.

 

Men check the fireworks before Saturday's Boombah show at the Smith family property.

Men check the fireworks before Saturday's Boombah show at the Smith family property.

 

And come out they did.

About 1,700 had responded to the Facebook event page set up for the show. At least that many brought their beach chairs to Summerhill Rd., some setting up on the Smith property while others stayed with their cars on the road.

 

A tractor is lit by exploding fireworks during Saturday's Boombah show off Summerhill Road north of Abilene.The result was the intimate sort of display that you'd find at neighbor's house or family reunion. 

A tractor is lit by exploding fireworks during Saturday's Boombah show off Summerhill Road north of Abilene

 

By Ronald W Erdrich

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