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Lighting up the lake
Fourth of July is celebrated with fireworks over marina

A large crowd gathered at Raysville Marina on Friday to witness the annual fireworks show over Thurmond Lake.

"We've been coming to this show every year for as long as I can remember," said Nicole Elder, who was there with her family. "My daughter is 9, and she's come every year since she was a baby."

The annual event is held at the Georgia Highway 43 bridge, with fireworks shot over the water from the Lincoln County side of the bridge.

"We like that it's a family oriented activity that's safe for the kids," Nicole Elder said.

The fireworks display was synchronized with patriotic music broadcast by WTHO 101.7 FM.

"We enjoy the view over the water, seeing the boats, and how the fireworks reflect on the water," said Chris Tricas, who was also there with his family and friends.

"I've been coming to this for, I don't know, 15 or 20 years, I think," said Courtney Pentecost, who was there with her children, Morgan, 4, and Dylan, 6. "The kids always enjoy it."

It was Jeff and Sandie Shackleford's first visit to the fireworks show.

"We moved here in 2009," they said, "and this is the first time we've been able to get here for the fireworks. But it's a beautiful setting."

The fireworks were accompanied by gasps of surprise and applause from the crowd.

"That was awesome!" Sandie Shackleford said after the show. "We'll definitely be back next year to see it again."

For 9-year-old Keeley Beard, the fact that the show was held at the lake made it extra special.

"I like the lake," she said. "It's very nature-y."

Web posted on Thursday, July 07, 2011

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