The Keith/ McShan Fireworks Extravangza will end this year as Mason County has had to declare a fireworks ban due to the extreme drought. It has been a fun project of ours for over 26 years, but as has been said. “All good things must come to an end”.It has been a pleasure and I must thank all who assisted in making this a celebration for so many people. Thanks to Skipper Keith, Karen and Willie Jacoby, Chad, Connie, Jacie, and Kristen Keith, Shane, Laura, Lauren and Cameron Keith, the Jacoby Fuse lighter Kids and Chester Davis of American Fireworks. Thanks to wonderful Dallas area people, Donald and Lisa Angell, Mark and Kara Bradbury, Brenda Brandt, and a very special thanks for our host, Jasper and Ruby Keith. . And a special special thanks to my Partners in this, Bob and Dianna McShan.I will not forget all the wonderful people who traveled so far from Blanco, Menard, Junction, Llano, Abilene, Fredericksburg, Brady, San Angelo, and others areas to be a part of this celebration. Most of all, the outstanding participation of all the supportive people of my home town, Mason, Texas.Some of my fondest memories are of all the young ones who enjoyed the 4th of July Fireworks we were able to provide. Both my Granddaughters now age 20 years and 17 years attending the Fireworks before their first birthday. Several I remember being there as little children are now grown, working, and some have brought their children to the show. And we all, young and old, still love sparklers.Now that this is over I urge the people of Mason to take this time to plan a July 4th celebration for Mason. You have several groups, the Chamber, the businesses, or others that could do this. Maybe a Norman Rockwell type celebration with a courthouse lawn picnic with speakers, a parade, or even think back to the 50’s when we had Bonanza Days and there were wall to wall people in Mason that day. I take this opportunity one more time to thank everyone again for all the good times and wonderful memories. It has been exciting for my family and friends and I wish all the best.
Carl R. Keith