Held July 3rd at the Carter County Fairgrounds, Thunder 2009 was a tremendous success. The fireworks were spectacular, Taylor Made was a hit, the weather was wonderful and the size of the patriotic crowd was the largest yet. As the event coordinator, and on behalf of the innumerable patrons who enjoyed the free fireworks and concert, I once again do not know how I could ever express adequate thanks for your generosity towards this great independence celebration in our community.
I certainly hope you were able to attend Thunder 2009 at the Fairgrounds and experience the joy your support helped make possible. Please check www.cartercountythunder.com at your leisure to see some of the fun and excitement that was captured on camera.
Carter County Thunder belongs to our community. Though I lead the coordination efforts through Carter County Thunder, Inc, 501(c) 4, this annual event is a product of our entire community. Carter County Thunder exists only through the support of your contributions, and thus I hope you feel a certain sense of ownership in this event. On our website you will find a Sources and Uses of funds summary for this years show. In keeping with our open books policy, a more detailed Thunder 2009 Audit including a complete record of all receipts can be obtained by request.
Please join me in extending special thanks to Thunder’s organizing sponsors who all played major rolls in helping make Thunder 2009 a success:
Thanks also to Platinum Level Sponsor
It is exciting to look back at the evolution of Carter County Thunder over the course of the past three years, beginning in 2007 with the performance by the Bluegrass Strangers, 2008’s headlining performer George Molton, then Taylor Made in 2009. Each year has included a fireworks display which some now argue can be compared to the best in our region.
I find it even more exciting to witness a foundation beginning to take shape and the fertile environment for growth, which Thunder enjoys in our region. The community’s support and participation in Thunder, along with the organizing sponsors listed above, form the bedrock from which this foundation is being assembled. As the coordinator of Thunder, I feel that it is my responsibility, as commissioned by your sponsorship, to lead Thunder on a path into the future which will bolster the soundness of its young foundation and cultivate an even larger degree of community pride towards the project.
As I have stated many times in the past, it is my goal to conduct Thunder each year as if it were our community’s audition for something larger in the future. Our local authorities received their first tests this year with traffic control upon the exit, a medical incident near the stage during the headline performance, and the Grayson Volunteer fire department responding to an emergency call just prior to the fireworks.
Going forward I can assure you that long-term goals are in place, the cornerstones are there, my determination has never been stronger, and that which is attainable on
As always, I look forward to working with you on future community projects.
Carter County Thunder, Inc