Last updated: June 26. 2014 12:33PM - 239 Views
Erin Smith Staff writer

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WHITE LAKE — On Friday night White Lake will be filled with the snap, pop and ka-boom of fireworks to the delight of the many visitors who are expected to flock to the lake area to celebrate the Fourth of July.

The fireworks are slated to begin at about 9 p.m. at Goldston’s Beach. Admission is free.

“Bring a lawn chair and sit on the sand (at Goldston’s Beach),” said Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard.

In addition to the after-dark fireworks show, Goldston’s Beach will be operating on its normal schedule and visitors can enjoy the rides and games in the arcade or play a friendly game of miniature golf. Folks are also encouraged to enjoy a meal at Goldston’s Restaurant and, of course, the fireworks display.

Maynard said that, about one hour prior to the fireworks show, the center pier at Goldston’s Beach will be shut down and cleared of people so the fireworks crew can come in and set up. The fireworks show, at a cost of about $8,000, will be performed by East Coast Pyrotechnics of South Carolina.

Maynard said the fireworks show is a great time for everyone.

She added that one thing folks may not realize about the show is the amount of behind-the-scenes work that goes into putting a show of this magnitude. Maynard said she begins around the first of the year with getting a contract signed with the company who will perform the show and then she begins the process of raising the money and starting the permitting process. There are three permits that are required in order for the show to happen — a zoning permit, a special use permit and a permit from the fire marshal’s office.

The forecast is calling for a daytime high of 90 degree on Friday with scattered thunderstorms and a low of 74.

Those watching the fireworks show are encouraged to bring lawnchairs and/or blankets.

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