Huge Crowd

Crowds at the Rainsville Freedom Fest number in the thousands each year. This year's event will be held next Saturday, June 28.

The Rainsville Freedom Fest will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Rainsville City Park beginning at 1p.m.

The public is invited to the free event that is fun for the entire family.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the day by local singers and musicians, including, ‘Still Kickin,’ ‘Greg Anthony and Ressless,’ ‘The Sharps,’ and Victoria Griffith along with several others.

The live music begins at 1 p.m., and will continue past 7 p.m.

“We have some terrific musical entertainment this year,” said Mike Owens, owner of The Pickin’ Post, in Fort Payne.

Owens coordinated the music line-up for this year’s festival.

“This year,” he said, “we have Bluegrass, country, and gospel bands. The music will be outstanding.”

The festival is sponsored by the City of Rainsville, with a car, truck and motorcycle show sponsored by First Baptist Church of Rainsville.

Registration for the vehicle show is from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., and a fee of $20 per entrant goes to the Alabama Baptist Children’s Home.

Awards will be given in 37 categories, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with more than 60 trophies or plaques given.

The city pool will be open from 12 Noon – 5 p.m., with free admission, and food vendors will be on-site to provide refreshments throughout the park.

“This year,” said Tim Eberhart, of the Rainsville Chamber of Commerce, “we have vendors with funnel cakes, hot dogs, hamburgers and barbecue, along with several other items.”

Vendors will also display various arts and crafts that visitors may purchase.

Emily Centers, a certified massage therapist  in Rainsville, will also be there to give free massages to the public.

Centers recently joined the staff at ‘Fredia & Alicia’s Beauty Salon. She is the daughter of Rainsville Police Chief, Charles Centers.

As always, free pony rides and other entertainment for the children will be offered throughout the day.

“We have some new entertainment this year for the kids,” Eberhart said. “Russell Davis, a magician from Huntsville, will be walking around and doing magic tricks throughout the day.”

Davis will also perform two magic shows at the Bevill Center. The shows will be at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and are free to the public.

“He has performed at the Rainsville Public Library during their Summer Reading Program,” Eberhart said, “and they recommended him and are co-sponsoring this event. He is really good, so everyone should enjoy seeing him.”

Each year, the festival draws huge crowds numbering in the thousands, with everyone looking forward to the massive fireworks show at the end of the evening.

“The fireworks are sponsored by the City of Rainsville,” Eberhart said. “We hire a professional company to do them and it is always a great show. People come from all over Sand Mountain, Scottsboro, Guntersville and Fort Payne to see it.

“This is an exciting festival, and we want everyone to know they are invited come out and enjoy it,” he continued. “Our city is proud to do this for the people of the area and we hope everyone feels welcome and at home here in our city.”

The Rainsville Freedom Fest is an annual celebration that has been a popular event with local residents for around 14 years.

“The festival gets bigger each year,” Eberhart said. “I think this will be the best one ever.”

Eberhart encourages the public to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

For more information, contact the Rainsville Chamber of Commerce at: 256-638-7800, or the Rainsville City Hall at: 256-638-6331. 

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