Fireworks a Family Affair - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/3/03

Fireworks a Family Affair

They might be the youngest salespeople you'll see with lungs as big as a megaphone. "Fireworks, $2 a ticket!", yells 12-year-old Trey Chandler.

Trey, Korrie Chandler, and Alyssa Hughes are selling to anyone that will stop. And they take the firework stand business seriously. "You don't get to play around very much," said 7-year-old Alyssa.

Because this business, unlike any I've seen, means their future. "You're the oldest right?" asked NC11. "Yes ma'am," said Trey. "You're going to be the first one to go to college," NC 11 said. "Yes ma'am. I want to go to college so much!" he replied excited.

They've been selling fireworks as a family for five years to save up for college. "Fireworks, $2 a ticket! Help me and sisters go to college," yelled Trey to cars as they drive by.

It was mom's idea. "So we thought we'd start early and this fireworks stand brings in a lot of profit for one time a year. So we're doing to save it up and send the kids to college," said Kristi Hughes, the kids' mom.

So you see, it is serious business for this family and Kristi says at least her kids will get more than just college money out of this experience. "Well, if they want to go to college, they need to know what hard work is because college is a lot of hard work. And I want them to know how they got their money and I want them to be proud to know they helped pay," said Kristi.

With $20,000 in the bank so far, that's enough for these kids to keep on screaming. "How's your throat today?" asked NC 11. "Ah, it's ok. I just got up and I'm ready!" said Trey.

The stand is located on the corner of N. Frankford and the Clovis Highway 84. Hurry up, because fireworks stop selling at midnight Friday.

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