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Star Spangled Spectacular event held Wednesday

Posted: Tuesday, Jul 3rd, 2012

MARANA — Wednesday is the Town of Marana’s annual Star Spangled Spectacular.

Most of the major sites and activities will remain the same as last year, but with a few tweaks to improve the evening celebrations.

Things get underway at 6 p.m. and run until 10 p.m. Fireworks, sponsored by Comcast, will light off at 9 p.m. The pyrotechnics will be launched from Quarry Pines Golf Club with the main driving range reserved for those who want a close up view of the fireworks. Northwest Fire has issued an order that no consumer fireworks will be allowed at any of the public sites this year.

“It’s the closest they can possibly be to the fireworks,” said Donn Hess, Quarry Pines Golf Club General Manager, said about watching the fireworks on the driving range.

Among the variety of activities planned at the Quarry Pines are a performance by a blues/rock band called Black Cat Bones. The band will take the stage from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

There will also be an extended beer garden, a food court with vendors selling hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream, popcorn, cotton candy, and lemonade.

For the kids will be the ever-popular jumping castles featuring a Batman obstacle course, a CARS jumping castle, and one of the most popular attractions, the Titanic. Those wanting to test their skills can see just how fast they can throw with the speed pitch machine. An all-night play pass is available for purchase, as well as individual tickets for the attractions.

This event at the Quarry Pines is sponsored by Maracay Homes, Aufmuth Motors and Red Point Development.

Parking is available for $5 and can be purchased in advance by visiting www.playthepines.com or stopping by the pro shop at the golf course. Parking can be purchased that night, cash only, and parking spaces are limited.

Across the river, the town is showing a free movie, "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer," along with youth activities and games at Crossroads at Silverbell Park. Crossroads also offers another great place to view the fireworks.

Local restaurants are offering specials for the night including Nana’s Kitchen, Native New Yorker and Wendy’s.

Marana Police advise to expect traffic delays after the fireworks are wrapped up. Police officers will be placed at strategic intersections to help move traffic through the area as smoothly as possible.

The police department asks motorists to consider alternate routes to access Arizona Pavilions, including the Twin Peaks Interchange to the north, Ina Road to the south and Silverbell Road to the west.

For more information on the event you can call 382-1946 or go online and check the town’s website at www.marana.com.

For the complete article see the 08-01-2012 issue.

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