Lake City Reporter: Record-setting Fourth

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Between 15,000 to 20,000 people are estimated to have participated in the largest-ever Fourth of July celebration in Lake City.

Despite such a large crowd, there were no problems at all, said Harvey Campbell, president of the Downtown Action Corporation.

“We had no problems and were actually lucky with the weather,” he said. “Everyone who I have heard from thought the fireworks were very good.”

Campbell said that there were no major problems reported by law enforcement.

City manager Joe Cone also thought the event went well.

“It was the largest crowd I have seen in nine years,” he said. “I thought everything went really well, especially the fireworks presentation.”

The new interactive fountain in Olustee Park made a big splash for the entire evening.

“The kids seemed to be enjoying the fountain until 11 p.m.,” Campbell said. “I was even tempted to join in the fun.”

He was very pleased with the entertainment provided by area churches and support from local vendors.

“We had rescue there just in case, but they didn’t have to treat anyone,” Campbell said.

Next year, the event will continue to grow.

“We will have an even bigger fireworks display and a big duck race in the lake,” he said. “We hope to offer major prizes, including an automobile.”

The event may even serve as a fundraising opportunity for Senior Services.

Additionally, Campbell hopes to encompass more of Olustee Park and have music playing there a little earlier next year.

“I would really like to thank the sponsors and the Lake City Reporter for the publicity,” he said.

Lake City Reporter publisher Michael Leonard said he couldn’t be more pleased with how the celebration went.

“I was thrilled by the large turnout of people – young, old, local and from other communities who came out to Lake DeSoto for the Block Party and fireworks,” he said. “The weather cooperated, too, giving us a rainfree day after what seems like weeks’ worth of afternoon and evening thunderstorms.”

Leonard gives great credit to First Baptist Church for organizing a successful Block Party, the Board of County Commissioners and City of Lake City for underwriting most of the fireworks’ cost, and Campbell and the Downtown Action Corporation for serving as the organizing and driving force.

–Ashley Cisneros
Ashley Cisneros is a co-founder of Chatter Buzz Media, an Orlando Internet marketing firm that helps companies and organizations engage with their target markets through inbound marketing via the Internet. Chatter Buzz Media, which won the Social Madness competition for the Orlando small business market, is a full-service digital marketing firm specializing in website design, search engine optimization (SEO), social media marketing and content creation. Prior to founding Chatter Buzz, Ashley worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, technical writer, marketing manager, public relations practitioner and freelance journalist. To see Ashley’s content writing, visit You can also reach Ashley on her Google profile.

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Ashley Cisneros Mejia is a journalist, entrepreneur and marketer. She began her career as a newspaper reporter and later as an editor at Florida Trend business magazine. Ashley has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2009, as a technical writer, marketing manager, and public relations practitioner. She also founded two digital marketing agencies in Orlando. Named one of Orlando’s 40 Under 40 and honored by the Women’s Executive Council of Orlando for achievements in media and communications, Ashley earned a B.S. in Journalism and an M.S. in Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida.

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