Celebrate America

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 28, 2007

arrives this weekend

By Angie Long

Enjoy a night of music, fireworks, games and plenty of tasty food this Saturday as &#8220Celebrate America!” returns to Tiger Stadium in Greenville.

&#8220We are ready to roll this weekend,” said Francine Wasden, executive director of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce, the major sponsor for the annual event.

The event begins with games and activities at 7 p.m. Saturday in the stadium parking lot, and the fireworks display set for 9 p.m. inside the stadium.

Music, courtesy of deejay Bill Campbell, will kick off at 6:30 p.m.

It will be a true community event, says Wasden.

&#8220We are very excited about the number of organizations who will have booths at the event this weekend. We hope everyone will turn out and support their fundraising efforts, because there is going to be a lot of great food there and they will put in a lot of hard work,” Wasden said.

Among the tasty treats offered will be boiled peanuts, pizza, drinks and funnel cakes (Greenville High Band Boosters); candied and caramel apples, fudge and cookies (Russell Stover); cupcakes (Safe Harbor); burgers, hot dogs, soft drinks, water, chips and brownies (Fort Dale); popcorn (FDA Dance Team) and snow-cones (YMCA).

The local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will also be selling patriotic items in their booth.

&#8220We will have flags and other all-American items for sale. All the money goes back into the community for our essay contest winners, ROTC medals and other worthy causes,” said DAR member Annabel Markle.

The Butler County Humane Society will also be on hand to sell chances on a beautiful pieced quilt.

For the youngsters, a variety of fun activities are planned, including several inflatables, Plinko, Wheel of Fortune, toss games and more. A dunking booth, headed by Butler County Schools Superintendent Mike Looney, is also planned.

Admission to the event is free; individual game tickets are 50 cents, or a $10 for a bracelet.

&#8220This is a great event for all ages and we hope to see lots of folks at the stadium on Saturday night,” Wasden said.

For more information, call the GACOC at 382-3251.