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Halloween charity firework show in the works near Kamloops

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An annual Halloween firework show is going ahead in a rural community near Kamloops, and everyone is invited to join the fun.

The show is hosted by the Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band in partnership with a generous community resident Ben Beach. 

“We are currently voting on whether to add trunk-or-treating and a fundraiser for the food bank to the event,” Beach said.

When Beach started the fireworks show years ago it was a small event for the community, but recently it has grown to include people coming from farther away.

He is looking forward to watching it grow and considering ways to use it for charity.

“In the beginning I would donate half the supplies and the band would donate half and make a small show for the community,” he said. “Last year and this year have grown into much larger shows and we began more actively inviting neighbouring communities.” 

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Beach and many of the community members are wildfire fighters and the show is being carefully planned with fire protection top of mind after a long, dry summer.

He has more than 15 years of experience doing the firework displays and over 10 years working as a wildfire fighter.

“It usually takes several weeks to plan the show and make a fire protection plan although this year is the only year we need it as usually it has rained or snowed by now.”

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The fireworks start at 7 p.m. at 10134 Rodeo Way.

Drive north along Westsyde Road until you reach the Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band community then take the third right turn onto Rodeo Way, which will take you to the community hall. The road is paved until the gravel driveway to the hall and parking is in an open field.

Signs will be put up near the Save On Foods in Westsyde to help guide drivers to the event.

The public is asked to bring either a non-perishable food item or essential item such as gloves, scarves, hats and blankets which will be distributed to a charity in Kamloops.

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