Despite a very last minute cancellation by their fireworks vendor due to a serious accident, the Bulloch County Recreation and Parks Department worked together to put on an enjoyable Firecracker Fest for all.

Frog Jump Contest with tree frog, toad, and bullfrog divisions (Photo: Whitney Lavoie for Grice Connect)

The Sunday, July 3rd, Firecracker Fest event featured all the usual community favorites including the greased pole climb, the frog jump contest emceed by Darryl “Hop” Hopkins, inflatables and other activities for kids, and live music from Color the Night of Atlanta and Chyann Rose of Statesboro. 

Originally slated to sing the national anthem prior to the fireworks, rising Southeast Bulloch High School senior Sara Maria Maghiar sang a beautiful rendition earlier in the evening to kick off the event.

Local vendors were also on hand to offer shopping, activities, prizes, and delicious food for guests.

Greased pole climb (Photo courtesy BCRP)

“Despite the unfortunate situation with the fireworks, we had a great evening at Mill Creek,” Kimberly Sharpe, BCRP events coordinator said. “We had a good turnout for the festival, and the community was able to support our local vendors and enjoy games, inflatables, live music, and our frog jump contest.”

“We would like to thank the community for their continued support of our Recreation and Parks,” she added.

Chyann Rose performs on the main stage (Photo courtesy BCRP)

BCRP is working with the vendor to reschedule the fireworks at a later date. Grice Connect will keep you updated if the show is rescheduled.

Grice Connect would also like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of BCRP in the face of such a disappointing and last minute turn of events. Thank you for working through it to bring us one of our community’s favorites! We look forward to next year’s event.

Whitney Lavoie

Whitney Lavoie

Whitney Turner Lavoie is a Statesboro native and freelance writer/editor. She is an active volunteer with her children’s school PTO and Girl Scouts of America. Whitney previously worked in health communications...