TAYLOR COUNTY—While this year’s Spirit of Grafton Festival had to be cancelled due to the standing of the pandemic during the time in which a decision had to be officially made, residents will still get a portion of the final night of the celebration, as the sky is illuminated with a dazzling display of colors.
Residents are encouraged to pull up a chair or set out a blanket and prepare to be wowed by the pyrotechnic workings of Taylor County Fireworks as they present this year’s Memorial Day display tonight, Saturday, May 29.
In the event of rain or inclement weather, the display will be moved to Sunday, May 30.
The show is set to begin at 9:30 p.m., and will launch from their usual location, atop Sevier Hill in the Lucretia neighborhood. As long as you can see the tower, you can see the show!
This year’s show is being sponsored by the friendly folks at Bartlett Funeral Home and the City of Grafton.
Melissa and Michael Garvin, owners of Taylor County Fireworks, have been upholding their family’s over twenty-year tradition of lighting up the sky for the residents and guests of Grafton and Taylor County, something that they shared they are both happy and proud to do.
Starting back in the 1990s by Dr. William Nicholas, the shows put on by Taylor County’s premier Fireworks Display company, has only grown bigger and better over the passing years. After Dr. Nicholas’s passing, his stepson, Mike Garvin and his wife, Melissa, took up the family business.
There was a short break while they got things settled and got relicensed by the federal government, but then, they were right back at it.
Every year, the Garvin’s donate their time to supply the show, sharing that they are happy to keep this tradition alive both in the memory of Dr. William Nicholas and because of their love for Taylor County.
This year marks the Garvin’s sixth year at the helm, which could not have been as successful without the generosity of the community.
Melissa Garvin revealed that within the last couple of years, the costs associated with their shows have only increased. The cost of the show covers the fireworks, the insurance and the delivery fee.
And because of the current pandemic, that cost increased once more, but wanting the residents of the county to enjoy the annual event, the City of Grafton and Bartlett Funeral Home stepped forward to supply Taylor County Fireworks with the money needed for the show.
“We are so very grateful for the support from the community for this year’s display,” expressed Melissa Garvin. “We at Taylor County Fireworks are also very grateful to Eric Sevier, for the generous use of his hill, as the launch area for the display of fireworks for the community to enjoy.”
The folks at Taylor County Fireworks said that they view the show as more than just bright lights in the night sky, they see it as a way to promote the community. They noted that they also hope that word of the amazing yearly shows will bring visitors from neighboring counties into Taylor County.
“We applaud the efforts of Mike and Melissa for carrying on the tradition established by the late Dr. and Mrs. William and Becky Nicholas,” Espresso Yourself Coffee House owner Tom Hart expressed. “The tradition is much more than just a fireworks display. The tradition is about giving to the community and improving the quality of life here.”