The Guntersville High volleyball team will once again operate a 4th of July fireworks stand in the Guntersville Walmart parking lot. It is tentatively set to open Tuesday, although they’ll be working to get it ready this weekend.
This is the 9th year for the stand and it has become the team’s main fundraiser. They will sell through July 6 this year.
“With the 4th being on a Thursday, we felt we had an opportunity to sell through the weekend,” volleyball coach Jimmy Latta said.
The hours are bit flexible, but will generally run 10 a.m. through 9 p.m.
Latta said the Wildcats’ stand is believed to be the largest portable fireworks stand in the state of Alabama.
“It’s a triple stand with 9 windows,” he said. “If you notice most stands, they have 3 windows or maybe just 2. They get 1 or pallets of fireworks. We get 10 to 13.”
He said operating the state is a massive undertaking and much of the work falls to the parents. Generally speaking, anyone age 16 or older can sell fireworks in Alabama. But a Guntersville city ordinance further restricts sales to those 16 and older.
“The girls help set it up, but the parents do most of the selling,” Latta said.
It gives the parents a chance to fellowship and get to know each other and the coaches and it can be pretty fun, Latta said.
The volleyball stand does run some special promotions.
“Any coupons TNT offers, we honor,” he said.
The stand accepts cash and credit cards.