Rockets to light up Thursday night sky

Published 2:00am Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fireworks have become as much a part of the July 4th celebration as hot dogs and horseshoes. And for those who enjoy the display of fireworks at the end of the special holiday, choices for the activity abound throughout the area.
In addition to the 9:30 p.m. show at Fort Crawford Park in East Brewton, area residents will have a couple of other opportunities to enjoy a show of color, flash and sparkle as the finale to the nation’s birthday celebration.
At Leon Brooks Hines State Lake, a special fireworks show will be presented at 8:30 p.m., thanks to the sponsorship of J&M Tackle and Bait Shop located at the lake.
Visitors are invited to bring their poles and enjoy a day of fishing and set up a chair or throw out a blanket to enjoy the show beginning at dusk.
On the opposite end of the county, a special afternoon and evening of celebration activities will be held at Wind Creek Casino and Hotel.
Offering free food and activities for children and adults, the day will end with a professionally produced fireworks show at 9 p.m.
Tim Ramer, assistant property manager for Wind Creek, said the event is the first of its kind for the facility located on Alabama 21 just north of Atmore in the Poarch community.
“We are thrilled to be having our ‘Festival on the Fourth’ celebration this year,” Ramer said. “Our festival is ideal for families and people of all ages.”
Ramer said the event will feature an array of inflatables, face painting and balloon artists all aimed at entertaining the children. Everyone will be able to enjoy free hot dogs and popcorn as well as drinks during the afternoon.
The activities will begin at 4 p.m. in the Wind Creek Amphitheater with the first 250 children receiving a free t-shirt, Ramer said.
All food, activities and entertainment will be free and will culminate with a fireworks show beginning at 9 p.m.
Directions to the Leon Brooks Hines Lake are from Buddy Mitchell Bridge in Brewton take U.S. 29 Highway north for nine miles, then right on County Road 4 for 10 miles, then right on County Road 11 (Beaver Creek Road) for 1 1/2 miles then right on Parker Springs Road and left on Barney Road to Leon Brooks Hines Lake.
Wind Creek Casino and Hotel is located on Alabama 21 at I-65 near Atmore. Take U.S. 31 South through Flomaton and into Atmore, turn north on Alabama 21 and go approximately six miles. The facility and property is on the left with the amphitheater access at the first drive into the property.
All shows are open to the public.

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