Friday, 29 March 2019 20:25

FIREWORKS ARE GO: Ellerbe Lions Club rescinds jamboree cancellation

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ELLERBE — Despite last week’s initial cancellation, the Ellerbe Lions Club’s Fourth of July festivities are back on schedule.


The club made the announcement on the Ellerbe Lions Club Raceway page early Friday — however, Mayor Lee Berry broke the news Thursday night following a meeting with town residents.

“Thank you Ellerbe Lions Club for going forward with the 2019 Firework jamboree on July 4th!,” Berry posted. “Small town fellowship is hard to understand unless you live in ELLERBE.”

His post was shared 217 times by Friday evening.

The club made the decision to cancel last Friday after learning that a huge Indepence Day spectacle is planned for Rockingham Speedway and members didn’t think they could go head-to-head with such an elaborate show.

County Manager Bryan Land confirmed the plans in an email to the RO on Tuesday.

Club President Lynn McCaskill called for the Thursday meeting to get the public’s input. He was unavailable for comment Friday.

The Lions have been organizing a Fourth of July jamboree—including games like a soapy watermelon race, live music and recognition of the club’s Citizen of the year, followed by a fireworks show at night — since before McCaskill joined more than 40 years ago, he told the RO last week. 

Hamlet leaders have discussed foregoing that town’s annual show.