Couple Got Into Firework Business Because of Gift

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Kansas couple that got a fireworks stand as a wedding gift is still hawking sparklers and bottle rockets from it 25 years later.

Ron and Connie Hopkins shared a love of fireworks when they
started dating in the 1980s.

The Hutchinson News reported that Connie Hopkins grew up helping
a brother with an occasional fireworks stand. And as a young boy,
Ron Hopkins helped a man named Woody Murphy sell fireworks on
Dighton's Main Street.

Murphy was getting ready to retire as the couple's wedding
approached. And he decided he had the perfect gift for the

The fireworks stand was their strangest present. But now Connie
Hopkins says she can't imagine what she and her husband would do if
they weren't selling their wares in the Dighton City Park around
the Fourth of July.

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