Great dry weather drew them out of their houses on a cold winter night into downtown Duncan to enjoy a celebration of light.
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By 7 p.m., there was an all-ages crowd at City Square, waiting eagerly for the start of the long-awaited fire show by Vesta Fire Entertainment.
And it had been a long wait. They'd been promised the show in July but a total fire ban due to dry weather kiboshed that first attempt by the Duncan Business Improvement Area folks to bring the exciting display to town.
So they tried again, lining up a winter solstice show for Monday night, Dec. 21.
The troupe of performers set about wowing the audience, which was held back at a safe distance from the stage.
Within minutes of the first flash of flame on the stage, every person outdoors downtown seemed to have rushed to swell the crowd watching the eye-popping pyrotechnics onstage, which weren't dampened by a little rain shower.