Boomin’ 4th doubles in size drawing huge numbers from around area, Metroplex

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The Boomin’ 4th, hosted by the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce, was again a huge success with the crowd numbering more than 12,000 - twice what organizers estimated from the year before.

Chamber president Lisa Flowers said she couldn’t have done it without the help of the City of Hudson Oaks who assisted in the mammoth endeavor.

“I have to give a huge shout out to the entire city staff for their participation in this event,” Flowers said. “We estimate more than 12,500 turned out for the event...this in only our second year.”

The celebration began at 6 p.m. at the Gene L. Voyles Park in Hudson Oaks and featured a live music performance by recording artist Katy Keenie, featured on Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40.

The crowd came to their feet when the winner of a drawing to perform a tandem parachute jump was announced. Aledo’s Brent Lawler wasted little time boarding a plane that ascended to 10,000 feet before jumping with John Wood, a Navy Seal.

“It was awesome,” Lawler said. “I wasn’t scared a bit; I’m an adrenaline junkie so I loved it.”

Shortly after special guest Dana Bowman parachuted into the event with an enormous American flag trailing behind him.

Bowman, a double amputee, lost his legs in an accident during the annual Golden Knights training in Yuma, Ariz., in 1994. Nine months later, he turned his tragedy into a triumph when he became the first double amputee to re-enlist in the U.S. Army. Bowman re-enlisted in the airborne style, skydiving with his commander into the ceremony, making his dream a reality.

The grand finale of the night was an impressive 25-minute rousing fireworks display sponsored by Jerry’s GM and Charlie Gilchrist’s Southwest Auto Group. The display was produced by Atlas Enterprises, Inc., with Kyle Farris as the Pyro/tech - renowned in the industry.

“We are so proud of the wonderful crowd we had at the Boomin' 4th; the community had a spectacular Independence Day celebration,” said event coordinator Kay Huse. “It was a night filled with great entertainment and the fireworks were over the top, one of the best shows I have ever seen. We cannot thank everyone enough, it took an entire town to put this extravaganza together.”

Patrick Lawler, city administrator for the City of Hudson Oaks, echoed similar sentiments.

“We’re real happy to host this event for the chamber,” Lawler said. “I would like to thank Lance Swint, general manager at Wal-mart for allowing us to use their parking facility for shuttle service. He helps us out quiet a bit.”

Lance Winter, 817-594-9902, Ext. 102 Twitter: @Lancewinter

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