by Sam Clanton
HOLLISTER, Mo. – Hollister Mayor David Tate is relinquishing his normal duty of lighting the first round of fireworks at the annual 4th of July display, in order to honor KRZK’s Steve Willoughby and Janet Ellis, who wrap up their long-running morning show later this month.
Tate says he’s not worried about Janet, but as for Steve, he has a Plan B in place, just in case there’s an issue…
The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m., marking the 63rd consecutive year the city has hosted the event.
Tate says it’s the longest running hand-lit display in not only Taney County but the entire state of Missouri.
Prior to the fireworks, area residents are invited to enjoy several activities at the Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park, including the Little Miss Firecracker Pageant at 6 p.m., and a performance by the New Premiere Dance Academy at 8 o’clock.
The Steve and Janet Show will conclude its 22-year run with its final broadcast on Friday, July 22nd.