For the 15th year running, Denver will enjoy an annual Fourth of July fireworks festival and extravaganza.
This year’s event will take place June 27 at East Lincoln High School on N.C. 73. Gates will open that Saturday at 4 p.m., with live entertainment beginning 5:30 p.m.
Having evolved from recorded music to live music as the festival has expanded in scope, this year’s concert will feature Nashville, Tenn., recording artist Lorrie Morgan.
She is one of the youngest artists to make her singing debut at the Grand Ole Opry. Her repertoire includes such well-known hits as “Except for Monday,” “Watch Me,” “Something in Red” and “Picture Me Without You.”
Also performing will be Nashville recording artist Bruce Hedrick, who was featured at last year’s concert, as well as the Gal Friday band from Matthews. An appearance by the Panthers’ Sir Purr will add to the day’s festivities.
Additional entertainment will be provided by competitors from the “Nashville in North Carolina” singing competition, and opening the show will be North Lincoln High School student Camryn Wilson.
The finale of the evening will be the after-dark fireworks spectacular, presented by East Coast Pyrotechnics.
The festival, organized by Denver Area Business Association president Tim Orrell with local business owner Ronnie Caldwell, represents the culmination of a yearlong effort involving hundreds of volunteer hours on the part of DABA members.
“As soon as the concert is over, planning will begin for next year’s concert,” said Caldwell. “And every year we have to make the festival bigger and better,” added Orrell.
Because admission to the festival is free, costs are underwritten by contributions from small, local businesses. “The concert is a big nut to bite off,” said Orrell, “and without these sponsorships, it would not be possible to put on a show of this scale.”
Seating at the festival is on the field or in the stands, so visitors are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs. Food and drink will be available for sale; no coolers are allowed.
Vendors will include Lake-Shore Barbecue, Brewster’s Ice Cream, The Landing Restaurant and the Big Woodie catering bus.
As it did last year, a kid zone will feature a bounce house, big slides, a rock-climbing wall, “Batter Up” – a baseball and football throwing competition – and, for the more adventurous, a dunking booth.
Raffle tickets will be sold for a chance to win prizes including “his and her kayaks” and a weekend getaway to Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock.
As it has every year, attendance at the festival will very likely exceed the previous year’s. Last year’s attracted 14,000 visitors; attendees are encouraged to arrive early to assure convenient parking.
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For information or to inquire about festival sponsorships, email Tim Orrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rhonda@489.Bugs.com.