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The City of Logan hosts its annual Freedom Festival every year to celebrate the 4th of July featuring events like car shows, motorcycle shows, animals, lip sync contests, block parties, fireworks, bands, carnival rides and more.

What started as a fundraising effort for a fireworks display has turned into a local tradition.

“It started out as a one day thing, now we’ve built it up to an entire weekend,” says Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti.

Nolletti was involved with this celebration from the start. It began in 1999 under the administration of Logan’s then Mayor, Tom Esposito. Esposito appointed Nolletti, who was a Councilman, to spearhead a project to commemorate the 4th of July.

For its 15 year anniversary, the Freedom Festival is bigger than ever before and will be dedicated to Scott Epperson, Barney of Mayberry. Epperson, who frequented the festival quite often and is a native of W. Va., died earlier this year.

The West Virginia Freedom Festival will be held in downtown Logan to celebrate America’s Independence Day during the July 4th weekend. The festivities will kick off on Thurs., July 3 with a free concert with FireHouse. Opening act for FireHouse will be Mile To Nowhere.

Firehouse is personally sponsored by Mayor Nolletti.

Friday, July 4, Dressed to Kill (KISS) will rock Downtown. The opening act for Dressed to Kill will be the annual Block Party with DJ Bill France.

But the entertainment that most Freedom Fest-ers are buzzing about it a new act to the scene: Confederate Railroad.

Confederate Railroad first rolled onto the national country music scene in the early 90s with its unique style and sound. The band is remembered for songs like “She Took it Like a Man,” “Trashy” and “Summer in Dixie.”

Their overall totals are 18 charted hits and five million albums sold.

Confederate Railroad will headline before the Fireworks on July 5. Opening for Confederate Railroad will be Coal Fired.

If you want to be a booth vendor at the WV Freedom Festival, or for more information, call 304-752-4044.

You can also follow the updates live with their Facebook page: West Virginia Freedom Festival.

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