Old Settlers Day concludes July 25

The Skys will be “Rock’n” in Rockton on Sunday, July 25, as the Stateline Skyrockers light off fireworks at the conclusion of Old Settlers Day Weekend.

This year’s event will have everyone in the stateline area talking. This is a performance that you will not want to miss.

The “Pyro Technics Club” promises residents in the Stateline area a show they will be talking about for days, and will return to see year after year. The club got together five years ago, and is composed of local guys, names that most long-time residents will recognize. They are Chris Cannell, Steve Gleasman, Reno Novack and Dan Bellich—all are licensed pyrotechnics.

The first show they did was Old Settlers Days when they shot off 250 shells. This year’s event will feature more than 2,000 shells. The Stateline Skyrockers will open the show with a 10-gun salute in honor of and to pay tribute to the local men and women serving in Iraq. The grand finale will feature 1,400 shells with special effects that will completely saturate the sky for two to three minutes. The finale “will give the viewers the feeling that the sky is breathing,” according to Cannell.

“The nice thing about Rockton is that we have a lot of distance between the spectators and the shoot off site,” Cannell said. This space allows the Stateline Skyrockers to shoot up to 12-inch diameter shells. The largest Rockford is allowed to shoot off is 6-inch shells. According to Cannell, they will be shooting eight 12-inch shells and 12 8-inch shells.

A show like this takes approximately five weeks to organize and choreograph. These men are very proud and honored to serve their community. Because it’s for “Rockton” they shop for the most expensive stuff that they can find.

The Village of Rockton and the Rockton Lions sponsor half the cost of the fireworks. The Club pays for the other half. Total cost of this year’s show exceeds $17,000. According to Rockton Mayor Dale Adams, “Rockton is very fortunate to have these guys do the show.”

Info: Stateline Skyrockers, Chris Cannell, 222-6251, chris@firstrockford.com; or Carol Lamb, executive director, Rockton Chamber of Commerce, 815-624-7625,

info@rocktonchamber.com, or www.rocktonchamber.com.

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