Florence preps for celebrities and film crews being brought in by FireBall Run

Florence preps for celebrities and film crews being brought in by FireBall Run

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Celebrities, film crews and executives from businesses on the Forbes Top 100 list will be in our area starting Wednesday.

"They will be spending a day in Florence, kind of seeing all the sights and experiencing things people don't normally get to experience," Holly Beaumier, Executive Director of the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau said.

This is the first year FireBall Run is being held in our area. It's an adventure scavenger hunt. People from around the world keep track of their favorite teams through live-streaming.

Teams started in Connecticut and will finish up in Florida.

Florence is one of eight east coast cities where the adventure show is stopping.

Come Thursday, 40 teams will be in the area collecting points and picking up items for the scavenger hunt.

Those teams aren't just cruising around in any old vehicle.

"There are Ferraris, Lamborghinis and there is going to be a Vector M12. A five million dollar car that's going to be pulling up and just a lot of really cool people driving these cars," Beaumier said.

Those cool people include international astronauts and celebrities.  Adrianne Curry, the first winner of America's Next Top Model and Christopher McDonald are just some of the folks being brought in by the event.

In eight days, the teams will complete a 2,000 mile journey. In the end, the team with the most points wins.

Event organizers said during FireBall Run there will be big investors in town checking out the race.

Leaders said those investors could potentially decide to bring industry to the area if they like what they see.

Investors from companies like Solo Cup, Newco Coffee and Paragon Plastics are just three of the companies that will have representatives in town for the event.

"Anytime that we have Florence on film it is a great thing. It can build awareness of what we have in Florence. This one, is really special because of the people that they bring in. On film they look like regular people like your next door neighbor. We are bringing in the people that can really make a huge difference in the economy in Florence," Beaumier said.

While this event may seem like a bunch of fun, it actually helps to raise awareness for missing children.

Along the 2,000 mile journey, each team will be posting flyers of a designated missing child from their hometown in hopes of getting information in that case.

On Wednesday, there will be a block part to kick off FireBall Run.

You'll be able to meet some of those celebrities and check out those cool cars.

The celebration will shut down some roads from 4 p.m. and runs until 6:30 p.m.

If you want to be an extra during the filming of this race call Annette Ross at (843)-413-5115.

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