(Leitchfield, KY)-The final details are beginning to piece together for the 2009 Freedom Fest that will be held in Leitchfield this approaching weekend. Coordinator Ken Roberts stood with several more contributors of the festival Monday evening at the Leitchfield City Council meeting. He recognized Sue Sims with Agency One Real Estate, Tony Swift with Puro First, Dan Powers, Green Farms and AutoSmart for donating $1000 each to the event. Mayor William Thomason publicly thanked Ken and Joe Roberts for their work in pulling the festival together in such a short amount of time and organizing the festival.
This year the festival will run for three days, beginning on July 10th at 5:00pm. Roberts said originally he was having problems with acquiring a carnival to setup rides for the event, but within the past 72 hours three separate companies have been able to “free up” a couple of rides each to bring to the Leitchfield Freedom Fest. Roberts said the rides will begin on Friday at 5:00pm. He said there will be free entertainment in the way of inflatables, rock climbing walls and even a mechanical bull offered on Saturday. The night will end Saturday with the historic fireworks display the community has come to expect. K105 will air the soundtrack over the airways of 104.9FM.
Roberts said the vendors can begin setting up their booths on Friday afternoon at 5:00pm or Saturday morning at 7:00am. He said there is a caution for all vendors. The GCMS football field has recently had a new sprinkler system installed and there cannot be any vehicle traffic on the field. The weight will crush the heads of the new system. He said there could only be human traffic on the field. Vendors may also be able to donate 10% of their earnings to the Lions or Rotary Club and possibly be able to be added to their insurance policy for the day. Roberts said there were several people who were interested in vending food or crafts but could not afford the $400-$500 insurance policy that was required to be able to show proof of liability. He said if the organizations would be willing to allow the “mom and pop” vendors to use this avenue; it could double the number of vendors. Mayor William Thomason suggested having anyone interested to call Lions Club President David Downs.
Sunday will wrap-up the festival with a new event designed to bring church families together. Roberts said the day will begin at 10:30am at the GCMS football field and will host a Community Wide Church Service and Picnic. He said several churches had already committed to cancelling their regular Sunday service and communing together with other county churches on the football field for the afternoon. He said there were praise and worship bands scheduled to play and speakers scheduled. Roberts said if anyone was interested in the picnic to please bring enough food for your family and one more family. Everyone is welcome and is asked to bring blankets and lawn chairs.
In other city business:
The Grayson County Airport will see some new upgrades with the $677,000 Federal Grant the airport has received. Airport board member Leon Shaw approached the city council saying the city will have to commit to a 1 ¼% match of the grant, which totals $8464. Shaw said he would also be asking the same commitment from the Grayson County Fiscal Court. He said the money will be used to replace and upgrade lights, fencing, over lament of the runway and new drainage. He said the bids will not be accepted until next week. He said the job could costs less but would not exceed the $8464 cost for the city or county. The council approved the request.
The Grayson County High School was officially annexed into Leitchfield city limits. The council heard the 2nd and final reading of the annexation.