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Thunder Over Thurmond explodes over the state line starting Tuesday evening

From July 3 through July 7, Strom Thurmond Lake will be booming. Thunder Over Thurmond is being held in conjunction with Lincoln County, G., and McCormick County, S.C.

Thunder Over Thurmond, which has been around for six years as a fireworks display, has developed this year into a full-fledged festival complete with a fair, a concert and a fishing tournament. One of the men behind the festival, Greg S. Ruddell, Sr. has been a resident of the area for more than 15 years and is the president of a satellite installation business, Rocking 'R' International, Inc., in Lincolnton.

"This wouldn't even be happening if it weren't for these communities coming together six years ago," said Mr. Ruddell. "Also, being a veteran myself, I'm glad that we can help out the veterans around in the area."

A portion of the proceeds from Thunder over Thurmond, Mr. Ruddell said, go to American Legion Veterans of Post 194 in Lincolnton.

The festivities kick off with a fair featuring Hildebrand Rides, which runs from July 3 through July 7. There will be rides, games and concessions for the whole family. It will be held at the American Legion Post 194 fairgrounds in Lincolnton.

A two-day concert event takes place on July 5-6, also at the American Legion Post 194 Fairgrounds in Lincolnton. On July 5, from 7 p.m.-midnight, some local and regional bands will take the stage in a free concert, featuring Crista Lynn, Southbound, Rhonda and Iron Hill. The next day, Southbound, Shenandoah and Confederate Railroad play from 7 p.m.-midnight. After the show there will be a fireworks display. Tickets to Confederate Railroad and Shenandoah must be bought separately from the fair tickets and are mandatory for entry into the fairgrounds.

The festivities keep on rolling on July 7 with the Rocking 'R' Open Team Bass Tournament at the Dorn Fishing Facility in McCormick County, S.C., where the best anglers in the region come out to test their skills in a contest with prizes totaling $5,000 in cash.

The festival caps off with the Final Fireworks Show Extravaganza, starting at 9:30 p.m. over the Highway 378 Bridge on the Georgia-South Carolina border. Boats of spectators will fill the night waters to watch the explosions and listen to the simulcast on WBBQ 104.3, which has been coordinated to run in synch with the fireworks.

Tickets to all functions are separate and vary from $15 in advance or $20 at the door and can be purchased online at and at Rocking 'R' at 611 N. Washington Street in Lincolnton.

"We thought this would be a proper way to salute the great men and women who served our country," added Mr. Ruddell. "And it'll be a fun time for everybody."

To buy tickets or find out additional information about the festival, visit

Web posted on Thursday, June 28, 2007

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