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Carnival to kick-off Fourth of July celebration

On June 29 the Jaycees will kick off their annual summer celebration with the start of their 2007 Summer Carnival at Veteran's Memorial Field. There will be rides, food and fun for the whole family.

The Jaycees work year round on this event which kicks off the town's annual Fourth of July Celebration.

According to Jaycee's President, Mark Langone, this year's Carnival is ready to go. "We have live nightly entertainment, great rides, traditional carnival food and so much more. There is something for everyone to enjoy," Langone said.

"The nightly entertainment is our best line-up yet!" stated Langone. On June 29, The East Longmeadow Allstars shall perform again this year. This is a band made up of members from many other East Longmeadow bands. They get together for this one performance each year. On Saturday, Ray Crooks appear live on the Jaycee stage. The Dan San Band will makes its carnival debut on Sunday evening, followed on Monday by fan favorite Jason Scott and the Whiskey Brothers. On Tuesday, Pandemonium will make a return visit to the Jaycee Carnival.

On July 3 at 10 p. m. the East Longmeadow Jaycees will delight spectators with what promises to be the biggest and the best fireworks display in East Longmeadow history.

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors; Teddy Bear Pools and Spas and Singer Potito Associates, the Jaycees have been able to continue the annual display.

Five years ago, the Jaycees committed to one final fireworks display as the costs of the display as well as the police, fire, and school fees charged the Jaycees for this event were skyrocketing. The entire cost of putting on the display exceeds $20,000 annually.

It was at that time that Ted Hebert of Teddy Bear Pools together with his friend Michael Potito of Singer Potitio Associates decided to seek out the Jaycees and pledge their support of the fireworks. Hebert was shocked to find out how much the prior years display had cost and not only pledged financial support to the display, he also brought a new fireworks company to the Jaycees. He assured the Jaycees that this company would bring the fireworks display to a new level and it did.

Instead of decreasing their support of the fireworks, as a result of the continued generosity of Hebert and Potito, the Jaycees have been motivated to increase their funding of this event. The fireworks are a tradition in the town which the Jaycees want to continue.

"It's also a spectacular finale to the East Longmeadow Jaycees Summer Carnival," Langone said. "Teddy Bear Pools and Spas and Singer Potito Associates are partners in this great event and we could not give this town the display it deserves without their incredible support. On behalf of the Jaycees, I would like to thank them for their continued support and friendship."

The Jaycees Summer Carnival runs June 29 July 3 opening at 6 p.m. There will be a children's matinee on Sunday 1 p.m. 4 p.m. The carnival will reopen on Sunday at 6 p.m. Pay One Price Bracelets will be available nightly.