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Skyrockers to send 2020 out with a bang



A local holiday tradition that was launched to cheer people up during the Great Depression will help folks in La Crosse say goodbye to 2020. 

The Skyrockers are getting ready to blast fireworks from Grandad Bluff with two shows on New Year’s Eve, at 6 p.m. and midnight. 

Skyrockers spokesman Marty Schmal says the concern over COVID that cancelled the 4th of July show isn’t quite the same in December, noting that people watching on New Year’s Eve don’t gather as closely together as they do during summer fireworks.

Calling off the nightly salutes this month did cut into Skyrockers fundraising, but Schmal says they have sent out post cards to help pay for the New Year’s show.         

Schmal says planning for New Year’s began shortly after the river fireworks for the 4th were cancelled, and the mayor’s office and a COVID task force gave their okay for New Year’s a few weeks ago. 


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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