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Skyrockers practicing up for New Year’s blowout with nightly fireworks at Pettibone, Grandad



The Skyrockers continue to countdown to its New Year’s Eve finale with nightly fireworks at either Pettibone Park or up on Grandad Bluff in La Crosse.

The NYE tradition dates back more than 90 years and resumes at 6 p.m. Friday and again at the stroke of midnight with fireworks on Grandad Bluff.

Skyrockers president Pat Bonadurer says the nightly evening salutes during December have mostly gone on schedule, despite weird weather.

“We had one night that I shot one off the bluff by myself, nobody was up there, and that was kind of during the real heavy snowstorm and it was windy up there,” Bonadurer told WIZM.

The 6 p.m. salutes alternate between Grandad and Pettibone, through most nights of December.

Families can donate to set off fireworks — push the plunger — and often to celebrate relatives.

Bonadurer says Sugarloaf Ford in Winona is helping sponsor the NYE show, which is gaining in popularity.

“That used to be kind of the kids’ show, ” Bonadurer said. “More people just want to just watch fireworks at 6, so we’re gonna have big show at 6,” along with the midnight blast.

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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