Rocky Fork Enterprise

Boomfest offers view of three fireworks shows from one spot


Residents will have opportunities to enjoy three fireworks displays from the Golf Depot at Central Park, 789 Science Blvd., from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 3.

The Golf Depot is presenting the third annual Boomfest, along with sponsor Huntington Bank, featuring fireworks launched at the depot and views of Red, White & Boom! and of Whitehall's fireworks display.

Steve Renaker, Boomfest co-chairman, said the event that attracted 6,000 attendees last year will include music, a children's area and other attractions.

The cost is $5 to park, and donations will be accepted.

"It started with my family and me watching Red, White & Boom from our location, and it was unbelievable to see with no one around us," Renaker said. "Two years ago, I told the owner we should invite people out. We had almost 3,000 people. Last year, we got more word out and had some kid stuff. We had close to 6,000 people show up."

After Gahanna canceled a contract for a fireworks show because of financial woes, Renaker said, the Golf Depot took over the contract.

"The message is, you can see three fireworks displays from our facility," he said. "It's just spectacular. We're charging $5 to park. We will accept donations for a charity for kids whose parents use drugs.

"We have Skyline Chili with the hot dogs, and we'll have a food court and music playing," Renaker said. "It's a lot of fun. It's something that started with a really small idea, and it has grown tremendously. The city of Gahanna has been supportive. It's fun."

A band will begin performing at 6 p.m., and the fireworks at the depot will start about 9:45 p.m. Whitehall's display usually occurs simultaneously, he said.

"They conclude, and then Red, White & Boom! starts after 10 p.m.," Renaker said. "There's almost 45 minutes worth of fireworks you see in three locations, on site, then at an angle."

Inflatable rides will be set up in a children's area.

"Defining the quality of our facility is the view of downtown Columbus," Renaker said. "A 100-year-old train depot is our clubhouse moved from Prospect. There's nothing like it."

He said the driving range is where most people would sit.

No coolers, pets or bicycles are allowed, but guests may bring chairs and blankets. Visit