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Teen area is new focus for FreedomFest

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For 31 years, people in Alcoa and throughout Blount County have known at least one activity that’s synonymous with July
Fourth: FreedomFest.

This year, the City of Alcoa is encouraging folks to come early, play, eat and stay late at FreedomFest 2007. The event celebrates 31 years of festive family entertainment by offering event-goers new and expanded activities at the earlier start time of 1 p.m.

A new edition to FreedomFest is a special activity area for teens and young adults. The teen area will be located in the park between Springbrook Pool and the Alcoa Duck Pond. This area will feature Party Train’s mobile laser tag center that features the music from video game Halo 2 with the capacity of four people playing at each game. Also featured are a mechanical bull and baseball speed pitch from Awesome Party Rentals.

Charter Media will team up with local video gaming retailer Game Haven to host the Charter Chill Zone for teens to cool off
and play video games. Game Haven will present store gift cards to the day’s high scoring players.

Fastrack Entertainment will bring the speed of NASCAR to FreedomFest with its customized remote controlled NASCAR stock cars racing on an oval speedway track with scale speeds of 200 mph.

Additionally, a water balloon launching game called Water Wars from North Carolina will also be in the teen area.

Lastly, the U.S. Army Recruiting Station from Alcoa will hold an activity area featuring a Humvee display, inflatable GI Johnny and more.

Another feature of the teen area will be the presence of the Tennessee Army National Guard. The Army Aviation Support Facility # 2 will have an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter on static display from 1 to 6 p.m. The Warrior, used for advance reconnaissance supporting ground and air missions, is armed for self-defense with a 50-caliber machine gun on one side and either a 7-shot rocket pod or a hellfire missile on the other side.

Children’s activities will be held at the portion of Springbrook Park closest to the First United Methodist Church of Alcoa between Springbrook Road and Darwin Street. Activities will include Knox Rocks, a 32-foot tall, four-sided climbing wall for children of all ages. Activities from Awesome Party Rentals will include a Moonwalk, Bungee Run, Super Turbo Slide, Obstacle Course, Jousting, Water Slip ‘n Slide, Alley Ball, Putt-Putt and Tub of Fun.

The children’s area, sponsored by Charter Media, will also be the site of the Discovery, DIY, Oxygen, Weather and Fox Network channels with various children activities. An art center with patriotic murals, paintable car, play area, sand pile and face painters Kelly Mules and Scott Axley will all be located in the park. A new addition to the children’s area this year will be a special Knoxville Zoo ZooMobile program from 1 to 3 p.m.

The parking lot of First United Methodist Church of Alcoa will be the site of FreedomFest’s second annual Car Show cruise-in. The cruise-in will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Spaces for participants are on a first-come, first-served basis.

FreedomFest’s second annual arts and crafts area will also be located in Springbrook Park near the corner of Springbrook Road and Faraday Street.

The Alcoa Duck Pond parking lot will be the location of the live performing stage. A Pair of Jacks will open the performances, singing a mixture of gospel, country, rock, and other genres at 4 p.m. Anonda Dance Company will perform at 5:15 p.m.

At 6 p.m. a Steel Drum Band from Chattanooga will bring sounds from the Caribbean to FreedomFest.

The featured entertainment, beginning a 7:30 p.m., will be local band Smooth Groove. This group of musicians and entertainers got together almost two years ago, but their combined musical experience far exceeds two years. Each member has played, sung and performed with different groups since the late 1960s. Their repertoire of musical selections reflects the great sounds from the past 40 years. The smooth music of the Temptations, Earth, Wind, and Fire, the cool of Hall & Oats and the funk of Sly Stone are just a few of the artists you will enjoy remembering.

A wide variety of food will be available with 24 food vendors present. Food vendors include:

  • B & D Concessions - homemade ice cream made in a 1939 Maytag ringer washer
  • Mother Shuckers - char-burgers, hand-dipped corn dogs, French fries, Italian sausage
  • Gus’s Restaurant - steak and garden burgers, nachos, smoothies
  • Original Hawaiian Shaved Ice - shaved ice
  • Penny’s Candy Wagon - cotton candy, carmel and candied apples
  • Texas Roadhouse - sirloin steak sandwiches, ribs and chicken critters
  • Bob’s Best Italian Burgers - Italian hamburgers, Zeppoli
  • Country Kettle Korn - kettle korn, cotton candy
  • Brittany’s Bridal - meatball, honey ham and turkey subs, grilled kiabalsa
  • Tennessee Subs and More - sausage subs, chicken strip basket, Monto Cristo basket
  • Gelato Jo’s - Italian ice
  • An Awesome Party Rental - barbecue, hamburgers, nachos
  • Shabby Allie’s - funnel cakes, elephant ears, polish sausage, buffalo wings, blooming onion
  • Rustic Munchies Delights - kettle korn, fresh squeezed lemonade, funnel cakes
  • Repieci’s Italian Ice - Italian ice
  • Dino’s Concessions - Cotton candy, candy and caramel apples, popcorn, nachos
  • Alcoa Rotary Club - Mayfield ice cream sandwiches
  • Just Squeezed Juice - fresh squeezed lemonade
  • Donald Parrott - cotton candy, soft drinks, popcorn, nachos, novelty items
  • Burton’s Hot Corn on Wheels - roasted corn, drinks
  • Smokey Thomas - hamburgers, hot dogs, cheeseburgers
  • Bread of Heaven - pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, rib sandwiches
  • AJ’s Concessions - funnel cakes, frozen chocolate dipped bananas and cheesecake,
  • Mikes’ Hawaiian Ice - Hawaiian shaved ice

    Journal Broadcasting stations 93.1 The Point, Star 102.1 and Hot 104.5 will be also present. Hot 104.5 will add its "beat of Knoxville" music to the Springbrook Pool activities that begin at 11 a.m. and end when the pool closes at 4 p.m. Admission to the pool will be the regular price. Events will include contests, relays, prizes and much more. All vehicles must be removed from the pool parking lot at 4 p.m.

The City of Alcoa Fire Department and Pyro Shows are teaming once again to sponsor the fireworks part of the program. The fireworks program will include over 7,000 shells sized from 1 to 8 inches. This will be the seventh year that the fireworks show has been specially choreographed. To enhance their beauty and drama, individual fireworks are synchronized to specific elements in the music.

The music will be broadcast by 93.1 the Point.

The City of Alcoa will set up an information booth at the intersection of Springbrook Road and Faraday Street between the event venues. The booth will also serve those with lost and found items and anyone needing emergency medical assistance.

All entrances to Alcoa Elementary School will be barricaded and closed to the public beginning at 7 a.m., Thursday morning, June 28, for event preparation. These areas will be closed to all traffic both motorized and pedestrian. Beginning at 8 a.m., Saturday, June 30, Faraday Street between Vose Road and Springbrook Road will be closed along with the Alcoa Duck Pond parking lot; Springbrook Road between Faraday and Edison Streets; Lodge Street between Faraday and Springbrook Road and the entrances Alcoa Middle and High Schools. They will remain closed until no later than 8 a.m., Sunday, July 1,
Limited handicapped parking to view the event will be located at the end of the Alcoa Middle School parking lot and may be reached by entering the Faraday Street entrance to Alcoa High School then on to the middle school lot. Access to this handicapped area is on a first come basis.

Bicycles, skateboards and skates will not be allowed in the event area. Fireworks, except those handled by the Alcoa Fire Department, are also prohibited from being in the event area.

Event attendees should also avoid bringing pets and animals, other than animals used for the vision impaired. Dogs and other animals can be sensitive to the noise of fireworks and can disturb other event attendees.

Concerning public safety, the Alcoa Fire and Police Departments will utilize the 16-county, Region 2 mobile command unit for the first time in FreedomFest history. This command unit will serve as an incident command post for emergencies and overall event management. The unit includes cameras, a 911 dispatcher, command staff, site mapping technology and communications systems to oversee the event and help direct key personnel to needed areas. Serving all of East Tennessee, the mobile command unit is categorized as a homeland security vehicle. This new addition to FreedomFest will help manage operations and communications for a fun and safe event.

City Manager Mark Johnson said, "Expanding the hours and moving into the park allows us to offer so much more for everyone to enjoy. The City is looking forward to hosting the expanded and still free event. I encourage everyone to come early to take part in all the activities. Come early, play, eat and stay late."

The rain date will be Sunday, July 1. The pool party and fireworks will be the only activities taking place on this date. All other activities, including food vending, will be cancelled.

FreedomFest 2007

Alcoa Duck Pond & Springbrook
Saturday, June 30
Free Admission

Schedule of Events:

Children’s Funland
Located in Springbrook Park between Springbrook Road and Darwin Street
Sponsored by Charter Media
1 - 9 p.m.

  • Tub of Fun
  • Moonwalk
  • Bungee Run
  • Super Turbo Slide
  • Obstacle Course
  • Jousting
  • Water Slip ‘n’ Slide
  • Charter Media: DIY, Discovery,
    Oxygen, Fox Network and the Weather Channel
  • Knoxville Zoo Zoomobile Program: Animal Adaptations (until 3 p.m.)
    Alley Ball
  • Putt Putt
  • Climbing Wall
  • Face Painting
  • Kid’s Art Center including Patriotic Murals and Paintable Car
  • Sand Pile
  • Play Area
  • Food Vendors

Teen Area
Located next to the Alcoa Duck Pond
1 to 9 p.m.

  • Army Guard Helicopter Display (until 6 p.m.)
  • Laser Tag
  • Water Wars
  • Army Recruiter Activity Area including Climbing Wall, GI Johnny, & Humvee
  • Charter Media Chill Zone with Video Games from Game Haven - contests for the day’s high scoring players in Soul Calibur III on PS2 and Guitar Hero on XBox
  • Mechanical Bull
  • Baseball Speed Pitch
  • NASCAR Interactive Remote Controlled Car Racetrack

Arts & Crafts Show
Located in Springbrook Park between Springbrook Road and Darwin Street
1 to 9 p.m.

  • Includes local and regional crafters with jewelry, hand bags, and much more!
  • Food Vendors -- 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Parks & Rec Springbrook Pool Party (regular pool admission)
  • Cruise-In Car Show -- 4 to 7 p.m. (Located at First United Methodist Church of Alcoa parking lot)
  • Live Entertainment -- 4 to 9:30 p.m. (Located at the Alcoa Duck Pond parking lot)
  • Fireworks Show -- 9:45 p.m.

For more information, contact Tricia Tipton at 865-380-4787 or email freedomfest@cityofalcoa-tn.gov .

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