The appearance has changed from time to time.
The location is not in its original place.
But the one thing that stayed the same since it opened for the first time in 1963 is its name — Linda’s Fireworks. It was a name Karen Munsch kept when she acquired the fireworks stand from Richard Dreiling in 1991. The fireworks stand, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday through Monday on the south parking lot of Big Creek Crossing, was named by Dreiling after his daughter.
Munsch took over the once-a-year stand as a way for it to be a family project. It has remained that way as she operates it with her help being supplied by her husband and sons, Robert and Alex.
“I love fireworks,” Munsch said.
When she first took over the business, they stationed it on the Ellis and Rush County line south of Hays on U.S. Highway 183. The Dreilings ran the stand under a tent.
When Munsch took it over, they started with a small building. It eventually would be put into a little bigger structure, then a few years ago the business was put into something even bigger.
The fireworks stand now is run out of a three piece, air-conditioned mobile home replica. Each of the stands were built as a family project.
It is painted in red, white and blue stripes on the exterior.
The second place they constructed had its roof blown off by either high winds or a tornado.
“This is why we did (the fireworks stand), to make it a family project,” Munsch said.
There are more than 350 different types of fireworks, ranging from the longtime popular snakes and smoke bombs to the Black Cats, fountains, Saturn Missiles and parachutes.
One of the new products this year, posted on the Linda’s Fireworks Facebook page, is a fire hydrant fountain that can go as long as 1 minute, 15 seconds.
As much enjoyment as Munsch gets from her stand, one of her favorite parts is meeting new customers each year. She said while they have loyal customers, each year they get to meet new people.
While they still get new patrons at the Hays store that come from across the state and some out-of-state, Munsch said there always were a number of non-local people driving by on the highway that would stop.
“It’s neat to meet the people just driving through,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
A discount is started at a price range, then the discount will be increased with more fireworks bought. There also is a discount offered to military veterans and active military members. It is 25-percent for active military and 15-percent for veterans.
“I’m just excited,” Munsch said of opening her stand. “It’s just a lot of fun, and we have a lot of different things from children’s to adult fun fireworks.”