A fireworks show

A fireworks show

Action Festival fireworks delayed

The Action Festival fireworks display on Friday evening started roughly an hour and a half later than scheduled.

The Action Festival fireworks display on Friday evening started roughly an hour and a half later than scheduled as a result of a technical issue.

The fireworks show was scheduled to start on Friday at 10:20 p.m., but did not begin until shortly before midnight.

“The delay was safety-related and technical,” said Pat Bell, president of the Summerland Action Festival Committee.

Because of the late start, Bell and other festival organizers received complaints the following day.

While some wondered why the fireworks show was not moved to Saturday evening, Bell said rescheduling was not workable.

“We couldn’t just leave it until Saturday,” he said, explaining that the fireworks, once set in place, cannot be moved.

Aside from the fireworks delay, Bell said the festival was a success.

He said between 15,000 and 20,000 people attended the various weekend events.

“We certainly had a lot of people over the three days,” he said.

The three-day festival featured a parade, a slo-pitch ball tournament, a run, a triathlon and plenty of entertainment and activities.

The setup in and near Memorial Park worked well, he added.

This year, the midway was moved to the former Parkdale Place site on Kelly Avenue, freeing a portion of Memorial Park for rides and activities for younger children.