CELEBRATION 2018 A SUCCESS
For the 20th consecutive year, Martinsville Speedway celebrated Independence Day with a bang.
Local families flocked to the Speedway property by the thousands on Tuesday night for Celebration 2018, which featured carnival rides, a concert by The Spinners, and a fireworks show worthy of the annual holiday.
Speedway officials said the free event, made possible through donations from more than 70 local businesses and organizations, was a tremendous success.
“I think when you look at the amount of people we had, of all ages, it didn’t matter if they were on the rides or enjoying the music and fireworks, they were having fun,” Speedway President Clay Campbell said. “That’s what this event is all about, fun for everyone, while celebrating our nation’s independence and the freedoms we enjoy.
“While we (the Speedway) host the event, it truly is a community event. Without the sponsors, none of this is possible.”
Emma Retta Holland, a longtime area resident said she and her husband bring their grandson out every year.
“This is one of the events that everyone looks forward to and they don’t have to spend a dime,” she said. “We appreciate that everybody pulls together as a community for this, and it’s really for the children. It gives them something to do.”
Thomas Price, another regular attendee, agreed.
“I think it’s really nice how they (the sponsors) give back to the community,” Martinsville resident Thomas Price said. “It’s great entertainment for everyone.”
This year the live music came from legendary R&B group The Spinners, and that was even more motivation for Holland and her husband, Harry, to attend.
“Sometimes we come later, mainly for the fireworks,” she said. “This year we really wanted to see The Spinners. I told the pastor from my mom’s home church, ‘I might cut a step,’”
“I love them,” Harry said, “I loved listening to them years ago, in the old days.”
The sponsors for Celebration 2018 are:
American Global Logistics, American National Bank, Ameristaff, Appalachian Power, Applied Felts, Bassett Funeral Home, Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc., Bassett Office Supply, BB&T, Beeson Industrial Supply, Blue Ridge Aquaculture, Blue Ridge Bank, Blue Ridge Gymnastics, Bubba Judy, Burton & Co. Insurance, Campbell Family Group, LLC, Carter Bank & Trust, Carter Machinery, Chamber's Partnership for Economic Growth, Chick-Fil-A, Chris Starnes State Farm Insurance Agent, City of Martinsville, Collinsville Printing, Cool Knobs and Pulls, Cunningham Tire, Dillon Insurance, Eastern Panel, Eastman, Fidelity Bank, First Piedmont, Frith Construction, G S Industries, Gardner, Gardner, Barrow & Sharpe, Gary Collins of Stifel, Henry County, Henry County Sheriff’s Department, Hooker Furniture, J&R Management, Kings Mountain Animal Clinic, Light Electric, Martinsville Bulletin, Martinsville Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Martinsville Smiles, Martinsville Speedway, Monogram Foods, Multiwall, Nationwide Insurance - Brad Parker Insurance Agency, Nelson Automotive, NILIT, One Hour Martinizing, Pepsi, Raceway Ministries, Ridgeway Volunteer Rescue Squad, Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department, Shenandoah Furniture, Southeastern Wood Products, Inc., Southern Virginia Properties - Associate Broker/Realtor Missy Bateman, Southwestern Virginia Gas, Sovah Health, Steve Martin Trenching, Stone Dynamics, Sunbelt Rentals, Tacoma/Taco Bell, Tarheel Paper & Supply, The Greene Company, The Lester Group, The Results Companies, The Ritz Catering, TR Properties, ValleyStar Credit Union, Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia Mirror, Virginia State Police, West Window, Zenith Logistics
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