Fourth of July fireworks display rescheduled

Published 10:01 am Sunday, July 26, 2015

Contributed Photo The Mayberry Deputy will make an appearance at the Twins game on Friday.

Contributed Photo
The Mayberry Deputy will make an appearance at the Twins game on Friday.

The Elizabethton Twins, United Way of Elizabethton and Carter County and Borderview Christian Church are coming together to provide an explosion of fun at Joe O’Brien Field Friday.​

Since rain washed out all hope for a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Director Mike Mains decided to reschedule the event and combine a few other activities.

“We’re ready to go,” Mains said. “It’s such a big event.”

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Since rainfall has caused many other cancellations, Borderview Christian’s God and Country Night, United Way Night and Mayberry Deputy Night will all take place in addition to the fireworks display.

Prior to the game, Borderview Christian Church has sponsored a concert featuring bluegrass band Hollow Ground.

“Borderview Christian has been a long time supporter of Elizabethton Twins Baseball,” Mains said. “I believe they see the commitment we’ve made to provide quality family entertainment to this community and we appreciate their support along with the other churches that schedule faith nights at our stadium.”

Proceeds from the event will be given to the United Way.

“$5 enters them for raffle prizes to be redeemed at the game,” said United Way Director Cheri Tinney. “All of the proceeds will be going to the United Way’s 10 partner agencies.”

The Mayberry Deputy will be walking around handing out citations and raising awareness about the United Way’s campaign.

“Barney is there every year,” Tinney said. “We think he will bring out a great crowd.”

Tinney expressed gratitude for the partnership between all the organizations involved in making this event happen, but specifically to the Parks and Recreation Department and Elizabethton Twins.

“They’ve always been supportive of the United Way mission,” she said. “This is a fantastic opportunity to market to a unique crowd and educate that crowd about our campaign. We are reaching people at games that we may not be able to reach at any other capacity.”

The businesses involved in making a firework display possible are Snap On Tools and Granny’s Fireworks.

“We appreciate Snap On Tools’ commitment to this community and their willingness to give back,” Mains said. “The show itself is put on by Granny’s Fireworks. Rob Horner and his staff do a great job and they’ve been with us for several years now.”

Overall, the night will provide people with one venue in which to experience several aspects of the community.

“Our stadium should be packed with fans and I expect we will see families heading to Riverside Park to see the show from this beautiful park located along the Watauga River,” Mains said. “We’ve got a lot going on in Elizabethton and this is a show that everyone should see. We have one of the best Minor League Franchises in professional baseball playing, the Mayberry Deputy, a pre-game bluegrass concert and a fireworks show that has yet to disappoint us.”

The Twins will be playing the Burlington Royals beginning at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

For tickets, go by the United Way office located in downtown Elizabethton or the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, call the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department at 547-6440.