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County, Hiram to host Fourth of July weekend events
by Adam Elrod
aelrod@neighbornewspapers.com
June 26, 2013 09:05 AM | 1210 views | 0 0 comments | 50 50 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left are Jason Ragsdale of Ragsdale Heating Air and Plumbing, Angie Tuner of Pit Stop, Ed Cahill of GreyStone Power, and Julie Groom of Creekside Pines and Aspen Village.
From left are Jason Ragsdale of Ragsdale Heating Air and Plumbing, Angie Tuner of Pit Stop, Ed Cahill of GreyStone Power, and Julie Groom of Creekside Pines and Aspen Village.
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Sponsors of the upcoming IndepenDance celebration, from left, Mark Haney of WellStar Paulding, Leah Alls of LGE Credit Union, and Randy Riggs of Stars and Strikes look forward to the festivities at Taylor Farm Park’s Pole Barn.
Sponsors of the upcoming IndepenDance celebration, from left, Mark Haney of WellStar Paulding, Leah Alls of LGE Credit Union, and Randy Riggs of Stars and Strikes look forward to the festivities at Taylor Farm Park’s Pole Barn.
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Though the down economy prompted officials to cancel publicly funded Fourth of July celebrations in the county in recent years, two events are back for residents to enjoy.

The city of Hiram is scheduled to host “Red, White and Boom” July 5, and Paulding County is hosting the “2013 IndepenDance at the Pole Barn” July 6.

Hiram’s event is scheduled for Ben Hill Strickland Sr. Memorial Park at 372 Oak St. The park will open at 5 p.m.; activities are to begin at 6 p.m.

Last year the city did not host the event, but decided to bring it back with a new funding source in the hotel-motel tax, said City Manager Robbie Rokovitz.

“We are trying to promote tourism and trade,” he said.

About $10,000 will come from the tax to pay for the event, and $5,000 from the city’s general fund.

While attendees are waiting on the fireworks show the band Contagious will play hits from the 1960s, ‘70s and ’80s. A fireworks show is set to begin at sundown.

Vendors, such as Olive Tree, Happy Hawg, On-a-Roll and Thirsty Parrot will be on site for food and beverage needs.

Shuttles will be provided at Hiram High School, city hall, the old Regions Bank building on Hwy. 92 across from the park, and Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

Hiram hopes to have between 1,500 and 2,500 attendees, said Operations Manager Jody Palmer.

For more information contact the city at (770) 946-3726 or visit cityofhiramga.gov.

A celebration which lasted 10 years was Paulding County’s “Fireworks and Concerts,” but in 2010 budget concerns prompted county officials to stop funding the event.

This year with the help of corporate sponsors the county gave the occasion new life.

The event cost $10,000 to host, which the county is looking to raise completely though corporate sponsors, said Vickie Williams, superintendent of programs at Paulding County Parks and Recreation. Sponsors for the event include GreyStone Power; Stars and Strikes; Ragsdale Heating, Air and Plumbing; Pit Stop; WellStar; Creekside Pines; Aspen Village and LGE Community Credit Union. She said she is still looking for sponsors as of June 24.

Paulding will be providing the labor for the event.

Festivities are scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m., with a concert starting at 7 p.m. The fireworks begin at sundown.

“This is an opportunity for the community to come have fun at no cost, unless they choose [buying from vendors],” Williams said.

She said the county is hoping to keep attendance numbers the same as they were in its last year of 2009.

“In the past we have had 8,000 to 10,000 [attendees], and I don’t see that changing,” Williams said.

For more information call the county at (770) 445-8065.
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