Stokes Bay fireworks night a big success | PHOTOS

The annual fireworks night at the Stokes Bay Hall was another success bringing together the Kangaroo Island community.

The fireworks show for the past 22 years has taken place on the first Friday of November and is timed to coincide with Guy Fawkes Night, now rarely celebrated in Australia.

Organisers were pleased with the numbers this year, estimating 300 adults and 350 children paying the entry fee.

Stokes Bay Hall Committee members Paul Houston and Kate Stanton said there had only been night missed over the last 22 years.

“It’s a unique event to the Island,” Mrs Stanton said. “It’s really the only event not tied to sport, drinking or church – it’s all about the community getting together.”

Money is raised for the Stokes Bay Hall Committee, that represents the North Coast community on issues such as the Stokes Bay camping area.

And in recent years, funds have gone toward renovations of the hall, the final stages have now been reached with new kitchen and veranda already constructed.

The tennis courts also need to be resurfaced and the tennis committee was at the fireworks raising money with a sausage sizzle, while there was a long line for the Western KI Lions Club doughnuts. 

The fireworks event was first held in Simon Kelly’s paddock across from the hall, but now the fireworks are set up on the tennis courts at the hall with the bonfire in the parking lot.

One year when the committee could not get a fireworks licence, the locals rigged up water cannons, which while fun was not as spectacular.

The fireworks are now left to the professionals, although Tim Rutter from Fireworks Professionals in Adelaide and his family did have a rough ride over on the ferry.