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State park celebrates 4th early

July 3, 2007

Lake Seminole--  One southwest Georgia community is kicking off their Independence Day celebration a little bit early.  The day of food, fun, and fireworks began Tuesday morning at Seminole State Park and will continue through the evening.

It's a simple celebration, but that's part of its charm.  "This celebration here is just down-to-earth people, you know," said Wayne Kirkland, Vice President of  Lake Seminole Lion's Club.  It may be a bit early, but no one here seems to mind.  "We figured this way everybody would have two days of fun," added President, Reed Rognstad.

As part of a long-held tradition, the Lake Seminole Lion's Club is hosting the 4th of July festivities.  The local community comes out in full force to support the event, and it comes back to them.  "The Lake Seminole Lion's Club does a lot to help the local community, and everything we raise today will go back into the Lake Seminole, Donalsonville area community," Rognstad said.

Wednesday morning vendors set up shop, preparing for the crowds.  Bands were scheduled to begin performing later in the day, and of course, all day water activities on the lake, with lots of good food to come.  "Anything that's sweet makes it fun for me," Rognstad said.

All culminating in a dazzling show of light and sound.  "We've got one of the biggest fireworks displays in the area, and we hope to make it even bigger by next year," said Rognstad.

In the midst of fun, this close-knit community will be contemplating the real meaning of Independence Day all the while.  "We've had young men from this county that's lost their lives, and I think it'll be on their mind heavily this year," said Kirkland.  And perhaps bring them even closer together, on this holiday that hits so close to home.

It costs just $5 per car to get into Lake Seminole for the day of fun.  Among the bands scheduled to perform is the legendary, Terry Gibbs.

Most communities will be celebrating Independence Day tomorrow. Fireworks shows will begin at dark in downtown Albany; at the Americus-Sumter Recreation Park in Americus; at the Earle May Boat Basin in Bainbridge; at Cairo High School in Grady County; at Veterans State Park in Crisp County. At the recreation department adjacent to the Terrell County Airport in Dawson; at J.C. Adams Park in Douglas; in Fort Gaines off Highway 39 north of town; at Paulk Park in Fitzgerald. At Tom's Pond in Lake Park; at Memorial Park in Nasville; at the Agrirama in Tifton; and locations along Norman Drive in Valdosta.

At many of the locations activities start earlier in the day and culminate with the fireworks show.