WSU Pops Concert a big family reunion

Monday , July 14, 2014 - 4:07 PM

Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Hundreds of blankets, both big and small, patterned and plain covered the campus of Weber State University Sunday night.

“We came up around 4 p.m. (Saturday) night to set our blankets out,” said Dee Dee Hobson, sitting with her two daughters on one of her six over-sized blankets.

It’s a tradition for many families. For others, it’s their first time.

“We’ve come here every year since I was little,” said Tiffany Dabb, of Ogden, who now brings her family of five to the WSU annual Lindquist Family Symphony Pops and Fireworks -- also known as the “Pops Concert.”

As expected, the 36th annual event drew thousands of people from across the Top of Utah.

“This is our first one,” said Chance Long, who moved here with his wife a year ago after retiring from the military.

The Hobson, Dabb and Long family are friends who sat under a shaded tree near the WSU duck pond waiting for the concert to begin. The children, whose ages range from 3-14, were gathered around munching on chips, polishing nails and playing Bingo.

“The fireworks -- they’re so beautiful,” said 6-year-old Noah Dabb, anxiously jumping from blanket to blanket waiting to see his favorite firework, the “green cannon”.

Noah’s oldest sister, Emily, and brother, Oliver, sat nearby beginning a game of Bingo their grandparents bought for them just for the concert.

“We brought (the game) Take-Your-Pick too,” Emily said. Her uncle, Ryan Oslen, quietly sat beside her with his guitar in hand.

Hours before the concert began the Hazlehurst and Coleman family were found feeding bread to the ducks wading in the pond.

“It’s like a mini-family reunion here every year,” said Rachel Coleman with her son leaning on her and excitedly waiting for her attention. “Mom, guess what,” said young Harry Colman without waiting for a reply. “I fed like one of the little baby ducks over there. No other ducks even just broke (the bread) in half; the baby duck got all of it.”

The firework show is a free community event that includes a 60-minute performance featuring the New American Philharmonic orchestra, a series of 17 cannons and popular firework display accompanied by the sounds of the symphony.

“The firework show is really neat,” said Emily Hazlehurst, who’s from Northern Utah and attends every year. “The kids enjoy it too - we love to see their expressions.”

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