Star Spangled Celebration draws huge crowd
Big Lake celebrates 4th of July with Kyle Park, Chon Arauza and The Stateline Band
Big Lake’s North Park was flooded with people Saturday, July 4th, for the first annual Star Spangled Celebration.
The event, presented by The Big Lake Chamber of Commerce and the City of Big Lake, was deemed a success in almost every way with a huge crowd of people from all over the country.
“What a night!,” Chamber Director Lorretta Epperson said. “The turnout was more than we expected, and everyone had a great time. The bands were amazing, and the fireworks spectacular.”
Since the event was free there was no firm way to know how many people attended the event.
Reagan County Sheriff Jeff Garner estimated the crowd in the North Park, at its peak, at over 3,000 people.
“This is something we will work to do every year,” Epperson said. “It is such a great thing to bring the community together and celebrate Independence Day as one.”
The event was kicked off by Reagan County’s own Sergio Ojeda playing the National Anthem on saxophone while Big Lake’s Cub Scout Troop 155 presented the colors.
Ojeda then joined his band, The Stateline Band, to open the show.
Stateline Band has two members that are Big Lake natives in Kurt O’Briant (RCHS Class of 1993) and Ojeda (RCHS Class of 2004).
The group finished up their set and turned the stage over to Chon Arauza and La Furia Colombiana.
Chon had the crowd dancing until 9:30 p.m. when BadBoyz Fireworks lit up the sky with a huge display.
Once the smoke cleared the event’s headliner, Texas Country superstar Kyle Park, took the stage and rocked Big Lake until midnight.
The crowd didn’t have to go far for good food with 19 vendors on site.
The event was made possible by The Big Lake Chamber of Commerce, The City of Big Lake and sponsorships from Pioneer Natural Resources, Devon Energy, Invenergy, Kent Kwik, Enprotec, Hibbs & Todd, American Energy Partners, Preferred Oilfield Services, Mark and Tina Noland, Big Lake Ace, Texas Pacifico Railroad, Heap Equipment, The Republic Inn, The Oasis Inn, The Grand Inn, Subway, Archer, CC Rentals, Sugar Creek Grill, Fast Signs of San Angelo, Don-Nan Pump and Supply and The Big Lake Wildcat.