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Groups cash in on firework sales

Posted: July 3, 2017 - 8:54pm
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Wrestling mom Misty Mitchell organizes fireworks at the stand in the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Evans as part of a fundraiser for her son's wrestling team.
  ABBIGAIL LENNON
ABBIGAIL LENNON
Wrestling mom Misty Mitchell organizes fireworks at the stand in the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Evans as part of a fundraiser for her son's wrestling team.

As Columbia County residents and visitors prepare to participate in Independence Day festivities this week, several nonprofit and for-profit groups are cashing in.

In the parking lot of Wal-Mart in Evans, Kevin Waters had help from parents of a local wrestling team, manning a fireworks booth to raise money for new mats for their team.

"My assistant coach is from Texas, and he said this is all they do there," Waters said. "He said they made about $5,000 from it and that's their budget for the year, and he said he couldn't believe that we didn't do it here. And it just kind of lucked up that we got in here, - it's a great location."

Waters said it was the second year the team has used the fireworks fundraiser, with the wrestling team getting 20 percent of what they sell from the $26,000 worth of merchandise. And Waters he said it has been a good week so far.

"We are ahead of schedule. But we will really know probably about midday July 4, if we hit our mark or not," Waters said.

Opening up for its third year is 2 Sons Fireworks, owned by local small-business owners Gary Richardson and Billy Jackson.

Evans store location manager Pam Cox said the store has opened two new locations this year, one in Grovetown at the old Boots, Bridles and Britches store and a third at Pollard's Corner in Appling.

"We officially opened up Wednesday, and we will be open through the end of next week, and then we will open up for the New Yar," Year," Cox said of the location next to Waffle House on Roundtree Way.

The store has displays which allow customers to scan a firework, and see to how it will explode in the sky on a monitor. 

"It's amazing what some of them will do, - even small things like this, will launch really high," Cox said. "What you're seeing like up at the park, you can do at your own little function."

So far, Cox said, the canister fireworks have been popular, and their larger fireworks packages have been selling quickly. She said it is important that people remember to buy local.

"I think it's really nice if you can buy local. And I know that now (that) fireworks have become legal in Georgia, there have been some things popping up around, but we have been here since the very beginning of that from two years ago," Cox said. "What we've heard a lot is we are super-helpful, we are nice, and we try to help evertybody."

The store will open at 10 a.m. and remain open daily until 10 p.m., or until the last customer leaves, Cox said, through the holiday.

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