Fourth festivitiesinclude giveaways,20-min light show

LAURINBURG — Explosions of 6-inch shells in the patterns of sunflowers, hearts and smiley faces are just a few things Laurinburg residents can expect to see in the sky over Pate Stadium on Saturday night — but for those who take a seat in the stadium, even bigger things could be in store.

Namely, a chance to win $500 in gift certificates from the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce, thanks to FCC North America and WLNC.

“We wanted to step it up a bit,” said Dave Wells, a WLNC deejay who has been providing the entertainment at Laurinburg’s Fourth of July show for three years. “The whole idea is to encourage people to come into the stadium — have a good time and free up some of the traffic on the roadsides.”

Those that enter the gate to the free event, which starts at 6 p.m., will receive a ticket stub, courtesy of Woody’s Printing & Copy Shop, which can be redeemed for the certificates should their name be drawn. The winner must be at least 18 years old.

Also on Saturday night, the Scotland High Band Boosters will be selling refreshments, and Wells will offer small prizes to those who don the most patriotic gear or can best the rest of the crowd in a rendition of such classics as “the chicken dance.”

Soon after dusk, a light show by East Coast Pyrotechnics begins, with a crew lighting shells a little smaller in diameter than a basketball. Some of the highlights, said event producer Joel Matthews, include the aforementioned designs as well as a 525-shot box of screaming whistles.

“You’re not going to miss that one,” he said. “It’s really unique.”

East Coast has been directing Laurinburg’s fireworks for at least 10 years, Matthews said, adding that the help of the fire department helps the show run smoother than others they put together.

“You’ve got a great bunch of folks down there to help us out — without them, we’d be toast, we’d be dead in the water.”

Deercroft to hold community celebration

As in previous years, the Deercroft community will celebrate its designation as a Firewise Communities Program by the the National Fire Protection Association with festive golf carts, antique autos and attire, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Area fire departments are expected to be represented, as is the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office. Sparky the Fire Dog will make an appearance and local beauty queen Kelsey Hunter, 10 — currently Majestic Miss Spivey’s Corner and Greater Carolinas Carolina Princess — will sing the national anthem.

A for-residents-only fireworks show will take place over the lake at nightfall.

Abbi Overfelt can be reached at 910-506-3023.

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