Stagecoach to have fireworks

South Routt community to gather at reservoir on July 5

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What: Fireworks at Stagecoach Reservoir

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: Stagecoach State Park

To help: Donations to help defray the cost of the fireworks can be sent to the Stagecoach Fireworks Committee, 31160 Broken Talon Trail, Oak Creek, CO 80467.

— Fourth of July fun won't end today in Stagecoach.

A group of residents have organized a fireworks display Saturday night, with fireworks exploding over Stagecoach Reservoir in what they hope will become a lasting tradition for the growing South Routt County community.

"Stagecoach hasn't done a ton as Stagecoach, as a community," committee member Niffy Bube said. "Oak Creek has Labor Day, Yampa has Fourth of July, and we've got the fifth."

Fourth of July fireworks over Stagecoach Reservoir started as an idea committee member Diane James and a few friends mulled at a dinner party earlier this year.

"We have a little dinner group, and everybody was sitting around drinking wine. We were all kind of like 'wouldn't it be neat if ...' and it all kind of escalated from there," Bube said.

"It'll be really beautiful to watch the fireworks and their reflection in the lake," James added. "We were thinking about how fun it would be to watch from your boat."

Before they knew it, the Stagecoach Fireworks Committee had gained the necessary permits from Colorado State Parks and was gathering donations from the community to put on Saturday's show, which will be orchestrated by Tom Yackey.

The organizing committee is not taking credit for getting the event off the ground, saying it couldn't have been done without local support.

"The community in Stagecoach has been amazing with their donating," Bube said. "It's been really fun to watch the community out there really come together."

The best viewing areas will likely be on the lakeshore, though parking areas at Stagecoach State Park are expected to fill quickly Saturday, James said. Parking at Stagecoach State Park is $6, unless you have an annual pass. Free parking and viewing is available on Routt County Roads 14, 16 and 18 and throughout Stagecoach.

Viewing is expected to be good throughout the area Saturday.

"If you can see the lake, you'll be able to see the fireworks," James said.

Residents are hoping the fifth of July fireworks at Stagecoach Reservoir will become an annual event and a way to bring the community together each year to celebrate a holiday.

"Hopefully, this will be the first of many," Bube said. "It will become a new tradition."

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