By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Swing into Spring Friday at Mill Creek
Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks & Recreation Department baseball teams were introduced at last year's Swing into Spring event. The 2008 Swing into Spring is scheduled today for 4-9 p.m. - photo by Herald File
    The annual parade of athletes followed by a fireworks display will kick off the recreation department's baseball and softball season tonight at Mill Creek Park. The event, now in its seventh year, will also include music, exhibition games, tattoo art, balloons as well as the traditional first pitch of the season and comments from local dignitaries.
    "Swing into Spring has become a tradition for this area and we are proud to host it again this year," said Broni Gainous, marketing coordinator for the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department. "We are appreciative to all who make this event possible – coaches, players, staff of SBCPRD and especially our sponsors."
    The festivities begin at 4 p.m. with exhibition games starting, followed at 5 p.m. with inflatable games, karaoke and other activities taking place at Field One. At 6 p.m., Cheer South will present a community exhibition.
    Organizers are asking people to take advantage of the ample parking available at Mill Creek Park.
    Following the fireworks, those parked in the rear of the park will be directed to Beasley Road and routed to Highway 80. Those parked at Mill Creek Elementary School will only be allowed to turn left, taking them to Highway 24 and then to Veterans Memorial Parkway.
    Sponsors for the free event are SBCPRD, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Statesboro Rotary, MKK Construction, Subway, Coca-Cola, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Franklin Chevrolet and Chick-fil-A. For more information, call Millsap at (912) 764-5637 or visit
Sign up for the Herald's free e-newsletter