2011 Letter

My name is Hal Rhoad and along with my wife Page, we are second generation Lake Burton, now full time residents. For 29 years I have been organizing a professional fireworks display after taking over efforts from the late Mason Whitney. After the devastating tornado that hit Lake Burton on April 27th I, at first wasn’t sure whether to go forward with a show in 2011. After talking with many neighbors and friends on the lake I was encouraged to make plans and try to get this tradition back again for this summer, so here we go!

I cannot adequately express my gratitude for many families around the lake that are so generous and supportive of this effort. Individual contributions from lake families is the only source of funds for this fireworks show;  there has never been a corporate sponsor. Many thanks also to the LBCA, our Volunteer Fire Departments, the Mountain Patrol and Georgia Power. This show is of similar size to last year at $23,500. Total expenses will be around $28,000.

Our website www.lakeburtonfireworks.com is being updated for 2011 and will soon be available to access all the information you need about this  show and our history. It’s a great way to get information out to all interested families.

We will also mail letters to all on our mailing list asking for a donation, ($50/family) or whatever you can send. We would love to have your email address so we may cut down the expense of regular mail. We WILL NOT give your email address to anyone!

This year’s show will be Saturday July 2nd, 2011. Always 9:30PM off Billy Goat Island.Rain delay policy is we will delay the show up to 1 hour before deciding if we have to go to Sunday night July 3rd, 2011. The set up, storage, and crew issues make it very difficult to go to the following Saturday night.

Pyrotecnico, New Castle PA www.pyrotecnico.com is again our show producer. They are one of the largest producers or fireworks displays in the world. They are fully insured via a $10M general liability policy and have an excellent safety record.

Let me again emphasize the importance of boating safety during this event. Please, treat the lake as a NO WAKE ZONE the evening of the show. Slow down and enjoy the ride. Also, stay back from the shooting site at least 900 feet to avoid falling embers from the shells. Check your lights, life jackets, and fire extinguisher before idling to the show site.

Promotional assistance from the following organizations is really appreciated:
Lake Burton Civic Association, Linda Dixon, President 
West Rabun Property Owners, Charlie Brundage owner/editor
Lake Burton Road Runners Club, sponsors of the Lake Burton Fun Run, founder Robert Nichols

Thanks again for your generous support for all these years! Have a fantastic summer on the best and most beautiful lake in the South!

Hal J. Rhoad, Lake Burton Fireworks