The parking lot in front of the Expo Center and both sides of FM 351 were packed with families who parked to watch more than $3,500 worth of fireworks explode over the facility.
“One of the things I really enjoyed was seeing all the families who came out to watch,” said Mickie Ochoa.
She and Gabriel Aleman, fellow owner of the Angel Care Ambulance Service, have been providing the funds for the fireworks display for several years now.
Ochoa and her eight-year-old twins, Gavin and Gage, were on hand to launch the first rockets into the sky.
Members of the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department arrived early to place the boxes of fireworks along a caliche road on the west side of the Expo Center property, next to the Bee County Sheriffs Office firing range.
Some of the onlookers gathered on blankets and lawn chairs at the end of one of the Lucas-McNeill Pavilions at the center and others spread out on the grass near the firefighters.
Assistant Fire Chief Bill Burris took charge of the event, working behind the scenes and arranging the displays.
As usual, the show ended with a grand finale as firefighters, using highway flares attached to wooden poles for safety, began lighting the boxes from each end and meeting in the middle.
The crowd responded with excitement and children could be heard offering oohs and aahs as the fireworks lighted up the night sky.
“We’re really looking forward to doing the same thing again next year,” Ochoa said this week.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5220, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.