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Fireworks show will be bigger

The 22nd annual Raysville Fireworks Show begins when it gets dark Friday.

Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce Director Carolyn Gilbert said the show will be bigger this year because there are more sponsors.

"We encourage everyone to come out and celebrate our country's birthday," Mrs. Gilbert said. "It will be a good time for all."

The show should last approximately 30 minutes, and WTHO radio will play patriotic music to accompany the fireworks. The fireworks can be seen from Amity Recreation Park, Raysville Marina, Raysville and Thomson boat clubs, bridges in the area and from lake by boat.

"It's really pretty with all the fireworks reflecting off the water," Forward McDuffie Director Mike Carrington said last year. "Most people come by boat and sit out there in the water, enjoy the fireworks and then just tool on back home. It's just a fun, annual event."

According to previous McDuffie Mirror reports, the tradition began when several members of the Raysville Boat Club started shooting firecrackers. When Desert Storm took place, patriotism grew, and so did the fireworks. The first show cost approximately $75, but the cost has grown to $10,000 or more.

The boat club continued to sponsor the project until a couple of years ago, when the Chamber of Commerce joined them. Mrs. Gilbert said they are thankful for all the sponsors this year. All monies paid by sponsors go towards the fireworks show itself, and the chamber makes no money from the event.

Sponsors for the 2010 fireworks show are: Queensborough National Bank & Trust, Raysville Marina, Augusta Coca-Cola, David M. Parker Exterminating, Town & Country Packing, Interstate Equipment Company, The McDuffie Mirror, Knox and Swan, Sonny and Ann Poss, Thomson Boat Club, Raysville Boat Club, Textile Machinery, Thomson Orthopedics, Dr. Frank Powell, Paul and Bonnie McCorkle, Remnant and Rug Shop, Barmore & Hammond, LLP, Claude Mathis, Classic Jewelry & Loan, Go Data Shred, Jimmy & Dena's, Macuch Steel Products, R.W. Allen, The McDuffie Progress, Sea Tow, Sunset Auto, Terri Blackburn, Thomson Construction Supply, American Grading Solutions, Crazy Craig's Fireworks, McDuffie Feed & Seed, Reliant Medical Services.

Web posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010

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