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Storm can't dampen sport fest
T Walthour
Tomarrio Walthour leaps for a slam dunk during practice for the five on five competition at Saturday’s Summer Slam. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon


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Thunderstorms, lightning and some rain did not deter the community from coming out and having fun during the weekend’s Summer Slam 2007.Saturday’s activities included games for children of all ages. Adults were able to participate in the fun also by taking part in softball games. Some of the teams that competed included those representing Coastal EMC, Liberty Auto Brokers, and others.The basketball court became a battlefield for trophies and bragging rights in the 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 competitions.  The event moved from Miller Park on Saturday to Salter’s field Sunday afternoon with a decibel drag, a car show and a rim contest. Food choices were plentiful as many vendors from across Liberty County offered up tasty treats like curry goat, Lowcountry boil, hamburgers, hot dogs and funnel cakes.This was the 17th annual Summer Slam produced by Ernie Walthour Sr. and, as with others in the past, the community showed their appreciation by coming out despite the bad weather.“I feel real good about the whole event,” Walthour said. “It rained, but that didn’t stop the crowd. That was the largest crowd we ever had, there were approximately 15,000 people there on Sunday and we had to turn some away towards the end because the park was full.” He thanked the community for showing support and expressed his gratitude that the event took place without any incidents.“I thank God, to have that many people together and we had no fights, no arrests, no problems, it’s just a blessing,” he said.Calling the event a complete success, Walthour is already beginning to look toward next year.He also extended a special thanks to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department for assisting with traffic and patrolling the area, the LCRD for allowing him to use Miller Park for the Saturday event, Fred Mingledorff of Hinesville Ford and every organization and food vendor that made the event possible.
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