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(West Plains) – The Ozark Radio Network presents Skyfire 2012, the premiere Fourth of July celebration in the area, Tuesday, July 3 at the West Plains Regional Airport in Pomona.

Gates will open at the airport at 5:30 PM, and live music will start at 6 PM. Other events scheduled for Skyfire include a fly-over at 6:30 PM, and an aviation expo by MPA and EAA from 7-8 PM. Fireworks will commence at dark.

Live music for the evening will be provided by the area semifinalists for the Texaco Country Showdown, a country music talent search with a grand prize of $100,000. Semifinalists for the region include: Erin Hicks of West Plains, Nikki Gatlin of Mountain View, Brady Peterson of West Plains, Jamie Perryman of Gepp, AR, Tammy Carey of Pottersville, Mikaela Deeds of Pomona, Lancer Blair of Salem, James Dunnihoo of West Plains, Angela Duddridge of Willow Springs, and Bobby, Wyatt and Colter Reid performing as The Reid Boys of West Plains.

“We’ve helped put on this event for roughly 15 years, and we’re proud to present Skyfire again this year,” said Ozark Radio Network president and CEO Tom Marhefka. “With the addition of the Texaco Country Showdown The forecast is calling for a hot day on Tuesday, so be sure to stop by the airport and celebrate our nation’s rich history and heritage with us!”

In the past, the event has been held at the West Plains Regional Airport with a variety of games, activities, and vendors. The cost in previous years was by donation, however, to help defer the rising cost of fireworks, an admission charge of $1 per person will be charged. Children who can comfortably fit in a car seat will be admitted for free.

Sponsors of the Texaco Country Showdown include HB’s Boot Corral and US Cellular. Skyfire 2012 sponsors include Centurylink, Caterpillar, Pepsi, and Miller Satellite.

For more information on Skyfire, call the Ozark Radio Network at 417-256-3131.

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