Fireworks celebration moved to Monday

By DEUCE NIVEN

    Hurricane Arthur, its status upgraded from Tropical Storm overnight, has forced the postponement of Tabor City’s Fourth of July on the Third fireworks celebration.
    All of the scheduled activities at South Columbus High School, entertainment and fireworks, will take place Monday, July 7, said Cynthia Nelson, Executive Vice President of the sponsoring Greater Tabor City Chamber of Commerce.
    “Bless the fireworks company, they were able to accommodate us,” Nelson said.
    Arthur was taking a more westerly track than originally forecast by mid-morning Thursday, with predictions of 30-MPH winds and up to two-inches of rain Thursday night.
        Gates will open at South Columbus High School at 6 p.m. Monday, with the entertainment kicking off at 7 p.m., fireworks scheduled to soar at 9:30 p.m.
    Food, soft drinks and water will be sold by the Chamber, and Civitans will be back again with glow necklaces, the Rotary Club again selling sno-cones.
    MG Amusements & Concessions will provide game trailers, and chamber leaders promise minimal costs for food and fun, entertainment for free, and no admission charge thanks to event sponsors, which are listed in the advertisement on Page 6 in the July 2 Tabor-Loris Tribune, in print and online.

Schedule of events
•    7 p.m. – Welcome and introduction, Chamber President Frances Gablehouse
    Emcee, Tabor City Town Councilman Lamont Grate
    Invocation, Rev. Chip Hannah, Peace Baptist Church
•    7:10 – Miss Tabor City Majestic Peighton Mincey
•    7:15 – Miss Tabor City Ambassador T.J. McPherson
•    7:25 – Introduction of Tabor City Queens, Baby Miss Abbigale Grace Inman, Wee Miss Peighton Olivia Manning, Mini-Miss Laney Kathryn Barnhill, Tiny Miss Layla Noel Jenrette, Little Miss Langley Grace Kinlaw, Junior Miss Makenzie Faith Gore, Miss Tabor City Jenni Joanna Williamson, Mrs. Tabor City Heather Watts, Majestic Peyton Elizabeth Mincey, Ambassadors Brys-sun Manning and T.J. McPherson.
    Introduction of visiting queens.
    Raffle drawings
•    7:35 – Sara Hughes Ministry
•    7:50 – Chris Avery
•    8 – New Life Trio
•    8:15 – Recognition of veterans
    Tribute to veterans, song by Miss Tabor City Ambassador T.J. McPherson
    Raffle drawings by Tabor City queens
•    8:45 – Sara Hughes Ministry
•    9 – Miss Tabor City Ambassador T.J. McPherson
•    9:10 – Chris Avery
    Raffle drawings by Tabor City queens
    Gas grill and 50/50 raffle drawings
•    9:25 – Presentation of Colors by Tabor City VFW Post 6064
    Pledge of Allegiance led by T.J. McPherson
    National Anthem by Sara Hughes Ministry
•    9:30 – Fireworks!!

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