Twenty-two years ago, local businessman Stanley Guthrie gave his life to Christ and felt compelled to mark the landmark decision with a blast. For the past two decades he has put on one of the best fireworks shows in the state in honor of his Savior.

The first Saturday after Thanksgiving the owner of Country Cuts takes over the Palmer Library parking lot with an impressive array of top shelf fireworks. On Nov. 28 thousands of Mat-Su residents gathered in the normally quiet downtown Palmer area for the annual holiday celebration.

The streets were packed with cars. People packed a central park area enjoying free hot chocolate and popcorn. Groups sang hymns and Christmas carols and people from all walks turned their eyes heavenward as the night sky lit up for the better part of 10 minutes.

While most people may not have understood the backs story to this special occasion, it was nevertheless an event that transcended the political and cultural struggles that have beset much of 2020. This world needs men such as Stanley Guthrie who hold the hope of heaven.

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Palmer fireworks kick off Christmas season with thanksgiving to God

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.