A web series that bills itself as a 2,000-mile trivia game and road rally that also publicizes the hunt for missing children, is expected to liven up Liberty County next fall.
The Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced that the county has been chosen as a host destination for the 2015 season of “Fireball Run.”
“This is an opportunity to showcase our beautiful and historically important county, as well as highlight a community that is ripe for economic development to potential investors and business operators,” CVB CEO Leah Poole said.
The upcoming season, the show’s ninth, has a space theme because some teams are expected to include astronauts.
A production crew is supposed to be in the area this week to film scenery and Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas will announce more details at a press conference.
The show will film here Oct. 1-2. “Fireball Run: Space Race” will premiere in June 2016.
Filming for the actual race begins Sept. 25 in Hartford, Connecticut, and ends eight days later in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Other stops are Queen Anne’s County, Maryland; Williamsburg, Virginia; Topsail Island, North Carolina; Florence, South Carolina; and Sanford, Florida.
Fireball Run boosts the Child Rescue Network, a charity that helps recover missing children.
Each team is assigned a child and given thousands of missing-child posters to distribute along the journey.
To date, the show says it has helped recover 44 missing children.
“Liberty County has a unique history, ranging from the U.S. military to Martin Luther King to a luxury development like the Hampton Island Club,” executive producer J Sanchez said. “This region has a story and we are going to tell it.”
During the rally, contestants get clues that can lead them to the sites, where they are assigned tasks for points.
Poole said the show searches for destinations with history, assertive economic development and undiscovered points of interest.
Liberty County met those criteria.
“October will be here before we know it,” she said, “and we want the entire community involved to express our enthusiasm, hospitality and spirit.”
Find more about the show on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn.
The series is available on GooglePlay, Roku, AmazonfireTV, SmartTV, NEO-TV, and Chromecast.
Past seasons and episodes are available online at www.fireballrun.com.