Alcoa brings back FreedomFest

Alcoa brings back FreedomFest

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In past years, the festival has been well attended by locals. In past years, the festival has been well attended by locals.
"I am happy because it is a good thing for kids," said Blount County resident Nathan Foister. "I am happy because it is a good thing for kids," said Blount County resident Nathan Foister.
"We hope this will be the start of revving it back up," said Alcoa Special Projects Coordinator Tricia Tipton. "We hope this will be the start of revving it back up," said Alcoa Special Projects Coordinator Tricia Tipton.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - A popular Independence Day celebration in Blount County is returning this year after it was nixed four years ago.

FreedomFest was canceled in 2009 due to budget cuts prompted by the bad economy.

The event will be held this year on June 29.

Alcoa city officials said they never intended for the event to be canceled forever and are glad to bring it back this year.

"We hope this will be the start of revving it back up," said Alcoa Special Projects Coordinator Tricia Tipton.

Tipton said they were able to organize FreedomFest again with a partnership with Alcoa, Inc.

"We thought it would be a great way to give back to the community that is named after the company, to bring back the fireworks extravaganza," said Alcoa, Inc. Community Relations Manager Christy Newman.

Newman says FreedomFest will go along with their 100th anniversary this year.

FreedomFest will once again be held here at the Alcoa Duck Pond, but will be a little bit different.

"We are bringing it back in an abbreviated version," explained Tipton. "Basically back to our roots where it's an evening-only event."

Tipton says live entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. and the 20 minute fireworks show will begin at 9:40 p.m.

"We'll do something a little different this year," said Tipton. "Usually after the fireworks, that's the end and everyone goes home. This time the band will come back and play for another hour until 11 o'clock."

People at the duck pond Friday were excited to hear FreedomFest was coming back.

"I didn't know, but I am happy because it is a good thing for kids," said Blount County resident Nathan Foister.

"Having the fireworks back is going to be a great thing," said Blount County resident Megan St. Laurent.

This year's FreedomFest will be the 32nd time the event has been held. They expect 30,000 to 40,000 people to attend.

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