Counting down to Rockets Over Rio


RIO GRANDE — Rockets Over Rio will be blasting off once more Oct. 14. at the traditional time of around 9:30 p.m. in celebration of the event’s 11th year.

According to Rio Grande Mayor Matt Easter, this will be the eighth year the event will be put on using nothing but donation money. The first few years, the municipality did contribute some funding. Easter said the first show started on a budget of $3,000 and has only grown larger ever since. The next year, a few sponsors added to the efforts and within the third year the show was funded solely on donations.

“We’re proud to say this is funded through donations as small as $20 and going to $2,000,” said Easter. “It’s always been about providing a free evening of fun and entertainment for families. It’s generally a big weekend with the Bob Evans Farm Festival, the Fox Trot for the Lorie Neal Scholarship and soccer games.”

All the events are hosted and organized separately.

Concessions are traditionally held in support of the Rio Grande Volunteer Fire Department during the show as Legendary Entertainment sets off the pyrotechnic display. Fireworks typically start once all the soccer games on the Evan Davis Field finish as the firework launching tubes are placed nearby with the permission of the University of Rio Grande.

“It all began as just a tiny little idea,” Easter previously said about last year’s event. “I asked the village council (about the fireworks). Towns need fireworks shows. I’ve always believed that and it brings people out. We didn’t want to compete with fireworks around the Fourth of July. So, seeing as we have so many guests this time of year and we have the beautiful location that the university supplies, (the village decided on a launch date in October).”

This year’s show will be dedicated to longtime Rio Grande resident Pam Shaw. According to Easter, as the wife of a village firefighter, Shaw was a longtime supporter of village events and efforts.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

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Members of Legendary Entertainment load shells for the 2015 Rockets Over Rio.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/08/web1_DSCN4649.jpgMembers of Legendary Entertainment load shells for the 2015 Rockets Over Rio. File photo

Rockets Over Rio traditionally happens the evening of the Bob Evans Festival in mid-October. Rockets over Rio is an event put on solely by the Village of Rio Grande and makes use of donated funds.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/08/web1_10.10_GDT_RocketsoverRio2-2-.jpgRockets Over Rio traditionally happens the evening of the Bob Evans Festival in mid-October. Rockets over Rio is an event put on solely by the Village of Rio Grande and makes use of donated funds. File photo
Blasting off Oct. 14