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Dec. 13, 2019 | Friday
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Fireworks dazzle in St. Davids

Literal hearts and smiling faces lit up the St. Davids sky Monday night, as a fireworks display at Ravine Vineyards Estate brought another event-packed Canada Day in Niagara-on-the-Lake to a close.

The show drew hundreds of people to Ravine ton hear live rock music and let loose.

“Ooohs and ahs,” could be heard from the crowd as the fireworks went on, followed by phrases like “it just keeps going!”

Paul Harber, co-owner of Ravine, said the show was just under a half hour long.

“It’s one of our favourite days of the year, for sure,” he said. “It was another sunny day in St. Davids. The weather lucked out, the crowds came, the people were happy.”

The show has been growing every year he said, with only about 70 people turning up for the first one. After that, Ravine hired a professional fireworks company to do the display. Since then the popularity has only grown.

This year Ravine offered up $5 food options, cold drinks from the winery, and a selection of Niagara bands on stage.

“Next year will be even bigger,” Harber said.

He wouldn’t disclose how much money it takes to put on a half hour of fireworks, but he said the dollar amount is “priceless.”

“It’s not about the money, it’s about the smiles. We’re happy to spend it for the community to really come together and enjoy themselves, as families, as neighbours, and you can’t really put a return on that. It’s something that I think, especially up our neck of the woods, that St. Davids really needs as far as the ability to have a chance to come together as a town, as a village.”

Particularly special this year were fireworks that exploded into hearts and happy faces.

Harber said he’s already gotten a few calls from people who haven’t seen them before.

“We like to do something special every year,” he said.

The event ran most of the day and raised money for Gillian’s Place and the fund for the restoration of the St. Davids Pool.

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