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Star Spangled Fireworks set for Saturday

Staff from Santore's Fireworks ready shells for fireworks to be used during Saturday night's "Star Spangled Fireworks Celebration" at Knox Field. Fireworks for the free event go off at 9:30 p.m. Left to right are: John Flanagan, Bob Lavigne and Tom Cristiano, event organizer. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Area Community Center’s annual, free “Star Spangled Fireworks Celebration” is reset and ready to go with patriotic music and festivities Saturday night at Knox Field, 400 S. Perry St.

Musical entertainment provided by Lexington Center’s “Flame” group will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, leading up to the main fireworks event at 9:30 p.m.

The Life Net helicopter will be making a landing at the Knox Field baseball field around 6:30 p.m. The JACC invites spectators to arrive early, get a good seat, enjoy the food and this great free summer evening event. This event is made possible solely through donations. The JACC will be accepting donations toward the fireworks the night of the show.

Originally, the event was scheduled for June 29, but it had to be postponed that night due to a threat of rain.

The spectacular display provided by Santore’s Fireworks of Stillwater will be choreographed to a mix of modern day and patriotic music, according to chief organizer Tom Cristiano.

“The JACC invites the public to come to Knox Field in Johnstown to celebrate America with rockets red glare this Saturday,” Cristiano stated in a news release.

Cristiano and other staff from Santore’s could be seen on the property behind Knox Field and Knox Junior High School on Wednesday setting up for a show that he estimated will be approximately 20 minutes in duration.

“This has gotten to be year seven,” the organizer said. “We try to outdo ourselves every year.”

Cristiano said the “Star Spangled Fireworks Celebration” attracts thousands of people to the Johnstown area every year. Saturday’s forecast shows no rain for the area, with 82 degrees for a high and partly cloudy during the day, with some clouds and 64 degrees for a low at night.

The event put out the word for food and drink vendors, which will be situated outside of Knox Field on South Perry Street.

“This year’s show promises to be even better!” the release said.

People enjoying the event may also donate by sending a check out to the JACC 2019 fireworks and mail it to: 319 Fon Clair St., Johnstown, N.Y. 12095.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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