Celebration: American style

FreedomFest is community gathering

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The event began as our nation celebrated its 200th birthday. Alcoa's FreedomFest has continued to grow and draw crowds since its first event in 1976, and Saturday's combination community fair/fireworks show was no exception.

Rural/Metro Ambulance Service responded to three minor accidents that were treated on the scene, but other than that, the event was the celebration the community has come to expect.

Music, children's activities, arts and crafts and a new teen-focused area were highlights during the daylight hours, but fireworks took center stage when the sun went down. As the skies lit up, the Duck Pond was the front-row venue, but people gathered all around the area to find just the right vantage point for the fireworks show.

In its second year as an expanded festival that starts at 1 p.m., the daytime activities were an even bigger hit this year, with more people coming in for the family activities, food vendors, arts, crafts and children's area than last year, said city organizers. Entertainment and a Cruise-In car show started at 4 p.m., with fireworks providing the grand finale at dark.

Photos Leslie Karnowski and Photos by Darryl Watkins

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