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Swing into Spring Friday at Mill Creek Regional Park
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Sammy Garcia, 5, of the Statesboro Floor Covers Reds, front, decides to switch from offense to defense by outracing his Olive Branch Landscaping Braves opponents Beckham Jarrard, 4, center, and Cameron Crawford, 6, right, to the ball from third base after a hit by a teammate during a t-ball game at the Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department's 2013 Swing into Spring event. Garcia finished the play by throwing to first base and running to home plate. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/file

The Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department will host the 13th annual “Swing into Spring” celebration from 5-9 p.m. today at Mill Creek Regional Park.

This event is free to the public and is the official opening of baseball and softball season. Entertainment including music, interactive games, and bounce houses will be organized throughout the park. The traditional first pitch of the season will be held during the celebration. The event will come to a close with a fireworks show.

Swing into Spring has been a long-standing tradition at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department to kick off the beginning of baseball and softball season with a parade of players and a beautiful display of fireworks. The festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with inflatable games, and other attractions taking place at field one. Exhibition games between recreational teams will begin at 5:30 p.m. The parade of players will begin at 7:45 p.m. with fireworks to follow after the ceremonies end.

The celebration has become a hit with the public. With a large crowd expected, local and highway safety officials have instituted the following traffic plan: after 8:30 p.m. the back entrance to the park will be used for exiting only. There will be no traffic allowed to enter or exit from the main entrance on Georgia Highway 24 during the fireworks display. Traffic exiting the main park entrance will be directed left onto Highway 24 and will go straight to the bypass for access to U.S. highways 80 and 301.

Traffic using the back exit of Mill Creek will turn right onto Brannen Street and then left onto Beasley Road toward Highway 80. Once all cars have exited from Mill Creek Regional Park, traffic from Mill Creek Elementary will be directed right onto Beasley Road to Highway 80. Traffic exiting from Bible Baptist, Trinity Church, and Barnes Lumber will be directed right onto Highway 24 to the bypass for access to highways 80 and 301. Exiting preference will be given to people parked in designated areas within Mill Creek Regional Park.

Sponsors for the event include Alltel Wireless, Coca-Cola, Northland Cable, Statesboro Rotary Club, Chick-fil-A, Statesboro Kiwanis Club, Statesboro Golf Carts and Moe’s Southwest Grill. For more information and a full schedule of events call (912) 764-5637 or visit www.bullochrec.com.

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