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Centennial High to host bash Sunday
by James Swift
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August 28, 2014 04:47 PM | 1183 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Centennial High chorus will perform the National Anthem at the End of Summer Celebration.
The Centennial High chorus will perform the National Anthem at the End of Summer Celebration.
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This weekend, Roswell plans on welcoming fall with a bang. The 13th annual End of Summer Celebration will be held at Centennial High on Sunday, with festivities set to begin at 5:30 p.m.

The baseball diamond located at 9310 Scott Road will be jam-packed with all sorts of activities, ranging from face painting booths to inflatable bounce houses to a whole slew of traditional carnival games.

“Our attendance has been growing every year, especially since we moved it to Sunday rather than the first day of collegiate football Saturday a few years back,” Roswell Superintendent of Recreation Katie Troline said.

Last year’s event, she said, drew about 5,000 attendees. She estimated more than 10,000 people “on the perimeter” viewed the concluding fireworks display.

Presenters for 2014’s event include the city of Roswell, Fulton County Schools and Aurora Cineplex. Food from Shane’s Rib Shack will be available for purchase, along with heaps of snow cones, cotton candy and ice cream.

At 6 p.m., the Last Call is set to take the stage, with the Big Biscuit Band performing an hour later. The annual kids’ twist competition follows, and as soon as night falls, an epic 22-minute fireworks presentation will fill the air with explosive color.

Some proceeds from the event will go to Centennial High organizations.

“The yearly average given back to participating clubs is approximately $1,000,” Troline said. “When families purchase tickets for their children, they know they are supporting our wonderful, hardworking students and their respective student clubs.” Matt Miles, Centennial Career Tech Intervention/Instruction coordinator, said the event allows some students to pay off club membership fees. Last year, he volunteered several students who wanted to join the Technology Student Association to operate booths and take tickets. “In exchange for volunteering and giving back to the community,” he said, “we took that as a kind of payment to get into TSA.”

For the community, he said the event offers more than just fun and games.

“There’s a lot of vendors down there,” he said. “It’s a great way if you’re a north Fulton County resident to go in there and get some small community businesses some much-needed income.”

The celebration, Troline said, provides ample “quality” family time. “I love watching the baseball field fill with families over the course of the night,” she said. “It’s time away from the LeapPads and TVs, computers and games … these moments bring families, friends, neighbors and entire communities together.”

Admission for the event is free. For more information, the Roswell Recreation and Parks Department can be contacted at (770) 641-3705.

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