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City honors Chamber, CVB's 'Fireball Run' efforts
Fireball Run plaques
Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Liberty County Chamber of Commerce staff and city workers who received city honors are, from left, in front, Amber Barbaro, Keturah Greene and Erin Johnson; middle, Mary Prince and Leah Poole; in back, Joey Prince, Amanda Scott and Mike Davis. - photo by Photo provided.

The Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Liberty County Chamber of Commerce staff were honored for their efforts with the filming of “Fireball Run” at the Oct. 15 Hinesville City Council meeting.

Mayor Jim Thomas presented plaques and letters to staff members. He also read the letter:

“On behalf of the city of Hinesville and the community I would like to take this opportunity to commend you for your part in the Fireball Run reality TV series visit to Hinesville on October 1, 2015. I have no doubt that this event took a lot of planning and dedication, which made it the great success it was. The city council members and I sincerely appreciate your commitment and support to bring this community-wide event together.

“On a personal level, I tremendously enjoyed interacting and socializing with the Fireball Run participants and appreciated their display of vehicles along with their infectious enthusiasm for this event.

“Fireball Run” became interested in Liberty County as a host destination when the producers discovered the CVB and Chamber’s website while researching Coastal Georgia. Chamber and CVB CEO Leah Poole went through an interview and application, and the CVB hosted the “Fireball Run” production crew in December, showing them historic sites and attractions in the area. Following that visit, the “Fireball Run” crew decided to include Liberty County in the series for Season 9.

In addition to the Chamber and CVB staff, Poole asked Mike Davis, streets and drainage supervisor for CH2M, and Joey Prince be recognized as well.

Prince worked for the Chamber and CVB on both Oct. 1 and 2, running errands, carrying equipment and providing assistance to the staff members.

Davis provided all-around support for both the finish- and start-line events in downtown Hinesville.

“This production was a huge undertaking for us and would not have been possible without the extra help we received from Joey Prince and Mike Davis, along with the overwhelming community support from various organizations,” Poole said.

During the months leading up to Oct. 1, the CVB and Chamber staff promoted the event. The Chamber staff answered questions from the public, and the CVB staff worked as a liaison between “Fireball Run,” the historical sites and various city and county governments.

For more information, go the CVB and Chamber’s website at or find them on social media under “Liberty County Chamber” or “Liberty CVB.” You can also go to watch episodes from previous seasons. “Fireball Run” will debut “Season 9: Space Race,” which will include the Liberty County episode, in June.

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