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Chamber seeks funds for annual fireworks

The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce is seeking contributions to make the July 1 fireworks show at Thurmond Lake a success.

The celebration will begin about 9:30 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from the Lincoln County side of the Georgia Highway 43 bridge at Amity, also allowing good viewing from the McDuffie County side at Raysville.

"It's a great place, like a big horseshoe," said Mike Carrington, the interim director of the chamber of commerce.

"They shoot them over the body of water between Amity and Raysville Marina. A majority of people will come out on the water and tie their boats up."

The water enhances the fireworks show, he said. "It's pretty because you get the full effect of the fireworks."

The fundraising goal of $8,000 will ensure the caliber of show the community expects, Carrington said.

As of Tuesday, the fund was about $2,400 short.

Major contributions had been secured from Queensborough Bank, R.W. Allen, Raysville Marina, Thomson Boat Club, Raysville Boat Club, Georgia Data Shred and from individual donor Keith Wall.

Anyone else who would like to donate is asked to visit the chamber office at 149 Main St. in Thomson, or to mail their contribution to that address.

"Over the next 30 days we'll push to get it up to $8,000," Carrington said.

Carrington said WTHO radio will broadcast patriotic music; the fireworks show will follow the radio station's cue.

Carrington said the chamber must get permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and from the Department of Natural Resources, and must buy a $5 million liability insurance policy.

Carrington said local businessman Samuel Wayne Fulbright had coordinated the fireworks show during its first 19 years.

After Fulbright, 57, was killed in a dune baggy accident in September 2007, Fulbright's Raysville Boat Club asked the chamber to take responsibility for the fireworks.

Web posted on Thursday, June 02, 2011

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