FreedomFest returns to Alcoa after being canceled

FreedomFest returns to Alcoa after being canceled

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"I believe the community really waited for this and wanted it," said special projects coordinator Tricia Tipton. "I believe the community really waited for this and wanted it," said special projects coordinator Tricia Tipton.
City officials say they never wanted FreedomFest to go away forever, and are glad the event is back. City officials say they never wanted FreedomFest to go away forever, and are glad the event is back.
Employee Rebecca Daniel is just one of the many vendors glad to see the festival back up and running again. Employee Rebecca Daniel is just one of the many vendors glad to see the festival back up and running again.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) - A popular Blount County Independence Day celebration is back after being canceled in 2009.

FreedomFest in Alcoa was stopped due to the bad economy.

City officials say a partnership with Alcoa, Inc. allowed the event to return on Saturday.

FreedomFest came back with a bang Saturday with live music and delicious food.

"Love the food," said Alcoa resident Raymond Smith.

City officials say they never wanted FreedomFest to go away forever, and are glad the event is back.

"It's wonderful," said Alcoa special projects coordinator Tricia Tipton. "I believe the community really waited for this and wanted it. It's our 35th year, so it's really terrific and a good feeling to bring it back."

They are estimating that 25,000 to 30,000 people will be attending this year's FreedomFest.

The highlight of the event is a 20 minute firework show over the Alcoa Duck Pond.

Alcoa resident Hayley McMurray missed watching the fireworks.

"You can't shoot fireworks in Alcoa," said McMurray.

Vendors are also glad to be making money again at the event.

"So far it's been steady," said Gino's Pit Stop Dawg's employee Rebecca Daniel. "We are anticipating a lot more than we had right now, but I think it will pick up."

"I'm surprised at the number of people who came so early, and the crowd that's coming on in," said Tipton.

City officials are grateful for the support from Alcoa, Inc., and are planning on having FreedomFest as an annual event from now on.

This year's FreedomFest was a little different than in year's past.

They started a little bit later, but continued for a lot longer.

After the fireworks show Saturday, they had live music until 11 p.m.
  

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