June 24, 2009
The mouthwatering smell of the slow-smoking grill, the familiar feel of the Tombigbee River and fireworks dancing in the sky will help us celebrate our nation''s birthday this Fourth of July, and organizers are asking for the community''s help.
Columbus Air Force Base, the City of Columbus and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will host "Fireworks on the Water," at the east bank of the Stennis Lock and Dam at July 4 starting at 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed for the event.
"Last year, the event drew a crowd of 10,000 people and it takes a lot of volunteers to make it a success," Barbara Bigelow, committee co-chairperson, said.
"We need lots of help," Bigelow added.
The minimum age requirement for volunteers is 16. Shift times include 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and 9 p.m. until. Volunteer opportunities include set up and take down on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; ice runner and drink management; hillside marshal; non-alcoholic drink booths; litter patrol; lost and found; handicap shuttle; miscellaneous volunteers and special clean-up volunteers.
"We need as many volunteers as we can get especially during set up, take down and during the later hours of the event," Bigelow said.
The event will include live entertainment by "Come on Go With Us," activities for children, food and drink vendors and a fireworks display.
To volunteer, contact Meagan Coughlin at 662-327-0807 or Melissa Cook at 662-328-8369.