Festival numbers to swell

The city of Rainsville is set to host its annual Freedom Fest on June 29 starting at 1 p.m. in honor of Independence Day.

After changing locations last year to the Field of Dreams Sports Complex, the festival is set to have nearly twice the amount of vendors as in the past and the city’s largest firework show. The event will see food and craft vendors, activities for kids, a car show and music throughout the day.

The festival used to be held in the city park but has already seen exponential growth in the event since the change last year, Sandy Goff, Rainsville Chamber of Commerce director, said.

“We have a lot more vendors,” she said. “At the park, we were only allowed space-wise for about 20 vendors, and we had about 40 vendors at the Field of Dreams [Sports Complex] last year.”

So far, several food vendors are set to be on-site, including foods such as hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, roasted corn, lemonade, ice cream, Reuben sandwiches, potatoes on a stick and much more. Goff said if anyone would like to set up as a boiled peanut vendor, they would love to accommodate them.

However, with multiple food vendors set up, the chamber is still in need of arts and crafts vendors, she said.

The event will also offer free activities for kids throughout the day, including pony rides, inflatables, photo booth, magician show, face painting and the fire department will have an activity booth, as well.

“The one [activity] that’s going to be different this year is the face painting,” Goff said. “In the past, there’s been somebody there that’s set up, and the kids had to pay to get their face painted, and we didn’t think that was the right thing since all the other activities were free.

So, this year we have free face painting, and we’ll have two people doing it because it’s a very popular thing that people line up for.”

The Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet will return this year and have more than 60 awards to present. Pre-registration is $20 and $25 on the day of the festival. Registration will be held from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the awards ceremony is at 7 p.m. Door prizes will include a 42-inch flat screen television, barbeque grill, tools, $1,000 cash, a used LS motor with transmission-computer-fueled peddle and more. All proceeds from the car show will go to benefit the Rainsville First Baptist Church Missions. For more information about the car show, contact Jonathan Harris at 256-717-9678 or Tyler Murdock at 256-605-5593.

The main stage act for the night will be Exile, who will take the stage at 7:30 p.m., and other acts will perform throughout the day, including Freddie Lee, Stillbrook Band, the Willie Underwood Family Gospel Singers and more.

The fireworks will also change this year, Goff said, and will be upgraded to the largest show the city has conducted. In the park, the festival was only able to accommodate a 3-inch show in the past.

“This year, our fireworks went from a 5-inch to a 6-inch [show],” she said. “The new location allows for us to have a bigger firework show, so we can have a much better show this year.”

The firework show will be begin at 9 p.m., weather permitting, and everyone is encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for the entertainment.

For more information on how to apply as vendor or any other questions, call the Rainsville Chamber of Commerce at 256-638-7800.

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