Fireworks, band part of celebration tonight at Wind Creek

Published 2:09 pm Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A fireworks celebration will be held to mark the Fourth of July tonight at Wind Creek Casino and Hotel.

The skies around Atmore will light up Wednesday night for the Fourth of July holiday thanks to a fireworks display planned near the Wind Creek Casino and Resort which is also the venue for a second performance by the Escambia County Community Band

David Gehman, a member of the Poarch Band of Creek Indian Tribal Council and a member of the community band, said the single fireworks show planned this year is a change from previous years.

“In years past, we have had fireworks shows at both the Pow Wow grounds and the casino, but this year we will only have a show at Wind Creek,” Gehman said. “Those will be held on the evening of the 4th at 9 p.m.”

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While the fireworks show will not happen until 9 p.m., Gehman said the newly formed county-wide community band—that has members from Brewton, Atmore and Flomaton—will perform before the fireworks go off. The band performed their first public concert at 2:30 p.m. last Sunday at the Escambia County High School auditorium in front of a large, receptive crowd.

“At this point, we are going to perform at 8 p.m. July 4,” Gehman said. “We will perform at the amphitheater at Wind Creek.”

Other Fourth of July activities planned at Wind Creek include free buffets for Military

Club members. Membership is required, but is free. A valid Military ID must be presented and there is a limit of one per person.
Outside of Atmore and Poarch, East Brewton’s Fort Crawford Park will host the city’s annual July 4th celebration.

The events will begin at 9 a.m. and will make for a day filled with family fun as the day’s events will begin with a spades tournament at 9 a.m. at the East Brewton Civic Center leading up to the popular duck race at 6:30 p.m. with a fireworks finale at 9:30 p.m. Cash prizes for the duck race are $50 for third place, $100 for second place and $200 for the winning duck. Ducks are $5 each and can be purchased at the concession stand at Fort Crawford Park until 5:30 p.m. The bingo session begins at 1 p.m.. with a horseshoe tournament set to begin at 4 p.m.

For the younger crowd, water slides will be put into operation beginning at 4 p.m. leading up to opening performances on the Fort Crawford Stage.

Performances will begin at 5 p.m. with the headline group, High Horse, taking the stage at 8 p.m. and will entertain until the beginning of the fireworks display planned for 9:30 p.m.