Free­dom Fes­ti­val adding ac­tiv­i­ties

Walker County Messenger - - Front Page - By Josh O’Bryant jo­bryant@npco.com

The city of LaFayette con­tin­ues bring­ing more free com­mu­nity events to the area with its an­nual In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tion: Free­dom Fes­ti­val.

This year’s fes­ti­val— on Fri­day, June 30 — will fea­ture events through­out the day, in­clud­ing a ham­burger eat­ing con­test, live mu­sic, an old timers baseball game, a free pro­fes­sional wrestling event and end with a tra­di­tional fire­works cel­e­bra­tion.

The LaFayette Re­cre­ation De­part­ment, at 638 South Main St., once again hosts this out­door event.

Ac­cord­ing to Parks & Re­cre­ations di­rec­tor Jason Shattuck, this year’s fes­ti­val be­gins at 5 p.m. and al­ready has at­tracted more than 30 ven­dors.

This event is the first since the highly suc­cess­ful Honey­bee Fes­ti­val, held June 3, that at­tracted well over 10,000 to down­town LaFayette

“We are con­tin­u­ing our strate­gic plan in cre­at­ing more ro­bust com­mu­nity events,” City Man­ager David Hamil­ton said.

Among the itsl at­trac­tions, the mu­nic­pal pool will waive its nor­mal $4-per-per­son charge and of­fer a “free swim” from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the day of the fes­ti­val

There will be a baseball game at 7 p.m. be­tween “Old Timers”— those 40 or older — and mem­bers of LaFayette Mid­dle School’s var­sity bas­ket­ball.

What’s new this year?

There are sev­eral ad­di­tions to beef up the free en­ter­tain­ment for the 2017 Free­dom Fes­ti­val.

Jim Pow­ell Presents South­ern Legacy Wrestling in LaFayette will have a free wrestling event in­side the gym­na­sium with a bell time of 7 p.m. It will be an

ac­tion packed card as the Ge­or­gia Heat, the AIWF World Tag Team Cham­pi­ons, will de­fend their ti­tles against Son’s of Kaos. In the main event, LaFayette’s own Adam Ja­cobs will square off against for­mer world tag team cham­pion Fran­cisco Ci­atso. There will be sev­eral other matches. All are free.

Krys­tal’s in LaFayette will spon­sor a ham­burger eat­ing con­test. One win­ner will emerge out of the first 10 who reg­is­ter and will take home a tro­phy as the 2017 Free­dom Fes­ti­val Krys­tal’s eat­ing cham­pion.

Those dar­ing to en­ter will need to reg­is­ter at 7 p.m. at the re­cre­ation cen­ter to take part in the 2-minute con­test that be­gins at 8 p.m.

Dur­ing the wrestling show’s in­ter­mis­sion, one of its stars will take part in the eat­ing con­test, Pow­ell said.

Also new are “Bub­ble Ball” soc­cer games from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Par­tic­i­pants will slip into a bub­ble ball and take on their friends—bounc­ing off one another— in short in­ter­vals. This event is free for any­one at least 15 years old.

Dur­ing the same 7-8 p.m. time frame, there will be a free corn­hole tour­na­ment for the first 20 teams who sign up.

Live mu­sic

The lo­cal band Camp­bell Sta­tion will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. and another lo­cal band, Aunt Betty, will close the night out with a per­for­mance from 8:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The day’s en­ter­tain­ment con­cludes with a fire­works show set to pa­tri­otic mu­sic that is slated to be­gin at about 10 p.m. — af­ter dark.

“We are ex­cited to con­tinue to host the Free­dom Fes­ti­val and have our com­mu­nity take part in it,” Shattuck said.’.

a pic­ture from last year’s event. The an­nual city of LaFayette Free­dom Fes­ti­val has added more free events this year to cel­e­brate United States in­de­pen­dence that will have a lit­tle some­thing for ev­ery­one on Fri­day, June 30. (Mes­sen­ger photo/Josh...

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