Dixie set for early fireworks
by Emily Horos
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Dixie Speedway will likely see one of its biggest crowds of the season Saturday, when the track launches early fireworks for the Fourth of July.
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Dixie Speedway will likely see one of its biggest crowds of the season Saturday, when the track launches early fireworks for the Fourth of July.
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The sky over Dixie Speedway will light up Saturday night as the track hosts its annual Fourth of July celebration.

Although the festivities will take place nearly a week early, it’s become a Dixie tradition to put on its firework show on the Saturday preceding the holiday, before closing for the holiday weekend.

Track spokeswoman Mia Swims-Green said the scheduling works out for everyone concerned, and it gives the Woodstock dirt track the chance to light up the sky on a night when no one else is.

“We like it to fall like this, because then we are able to take the next Saturday off,” Swims-Green said. “It gives our employees, as well as the racers, that night off. We get to take a little breather. A lot of people will be going on vacation next week because of the way the Fourth of July is falling on a Friday. We like it when it falls like this because then we can all come back refreshed on the 12th and charge through the rest of the season.”

Swims-Green said the Fourth of July celebration is one of the biggest nights for Dixie each year.

“It’s in the top three for crowds,” she said.

The track has a full racing program scheduled, including the Steel Head Late Model championship, which will carry a $1,400 prize, and $2,000 to win Super Late Model race.

The fireworks display will take place around dusk, which will allow fans with young children an opportunity to enjoy the show without making the night too late.

“For many fans, it’s a yearly tradition,” Swims-Green said. “I’ve had them come up to me and say they might not make it to any other race all year, but they are there for that because it’s a tradition.”

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, while ages 9-17 get in for $6 and children 8 and under are free. Tailgating and pit passes are available for an additional cost.

Gates will open at 5 p.m., with racing slated for 7 p.m.
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