Martinsville, Virginia


Thousands Visit Martinsville Speedway for Celebration 2016

For the 18th consecutive year thousands of people came to Martinsville Speedway for Celebration 2016, Martinsville and Henry County’s annual Independence Day Celebration.

The 2016 edition featured music from The Gatlin Brothers, along with the free carnival rides and fireworks attendees have come to expect.

“It’s a lot of fun to see all the people get together from Martinsville and Henry County,” Buzz Custer, a Martinsville resident and Celebration 2016 attendee, said. “It’s free. It’s cool to see everybody interact with each other.”

Attendee Joseph Crist brought his family out to enjoy the rides and fireworks.

“I think it’s very awesome,” Crist said. “I don’t see other towns doing this.”

What Crist is referring to is that everything but concession items are free, thanks to the nearly 70 local businesses that came together to sponsor the event.

“It’s special,” Custer said. “My mom’s works involved. She works for Hooker (Furniture). My dad’s work’s involved. He works for Eastman. It’s great to see everybody in the city and county pull together to have a great event.”

Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell looks forward to the event every year.

“For so many business to come together, to see how much fun the kids are having; this is what it’s all about,” Campbell said. “What a better way to show what Independence Day stands for than to have everyone in the community come out and make this a special event.”

Sponsors for Celebration 2016 are: Alcoa, American Global Logistics, American National Bank, Ameristaff, Appalachian Power, Applied Felts, Bargain Galore, Bassett Funeral Service, Bassett Furniture, Bassett Office Supply, BB&T, Beeson Industrial Supply, Blue Ridge Aquaculture, Bubba Judy, Burch, Hodges Stone, Carter Bank & Trust, Carter Machinery, Casting Logos, Chamber’s Partnership for Economic Growth, City of Martinsville, Collinsville Printing, Cool Knobs & Pulls, Cunningham Tire, Debbie’s Catering, Dillon Insurance, Eastern Panel, Eastman, Fidelity Bank, First Piedmont, Frith Construction, G.S. Industries, HanesBrands, Henry County, Henry County Baptist Association, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Hooker Furniture, J&R Management, Kings Mountain Animal Clinic,, Martinsville Speedway Children’s Foundation, Memorial Hospital of Martinsville/Henry County, Millards Machinery, Monogram Food, Nationwide Insurance Parker Insurance Agency, Nelson Automotive, Norris Funeral Home, Ohio Foam, One Hour Martinizing, Pepsi, River Community Bank, Sarver Cleaning Services, Shenandoah Furniture, Southwestern Virginia Gas, State Farm Insurance, Steve Martin Trenching, Stone Dynamics, Taco Bell, Tarheel Paper & Supply, The Greene Company, The Lester Group, The Results Company, TR Properties, ValleyStar Credit Union, Virginia Blower, Virginia Mirror, West Window, Zenith Logistics, Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell