Yesterday, city fire department employees helped vendors hook up electricity to their caravans and equipment to prepare for the fun which starts this afternoon in downtown Logan.
The event will run Thursday through Saturday in downtown Logan with food, attractions, shows and more.
The festival got off to its official start on Saturday when the new queen and her court were crowned at the Coalfield Jamboree during the Miss WV Freedom Festival, held in memory of the late Tom Rose Tomblin.
Anna Butcher of Whitman was crowned 2009 Miss WV Freedom Festival queen. Butcher will also represent the city of Logan during the Miss WV Association of Fairs and Festivals in January 2010 in Charleston.
Here is the 2009 Freedom Festival schedule:
Friday, July 3rd 2009
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – “The Powerhouse Band” performing on stage
5 p.m. – Booths and carnival rides open; Rock wall, gold rush sifting adventure, spider wall open
6 p.m. – Motorcycle show registration. ($10 registration fee.); “Cold Harbor” band performing on stage; First show for “Pork Chop Revue” in front of McCormick’s
7 p.m. – Magicians “Speed & Thro” perform in front of McCormick’s
8 p.m. – WV Freedom Festival Talent Show ($10-$25 registration fee $250 grand prize) All entries receive a WV Freedom Festival medal; Wrestling and Second Show for “Pork Chop Revue” in front of McCormick’s
9 p.m. – Speed & Thro Magicians on main stage
10 p.m. – Last show for “Pork Chop Revue” in front of McCormick’s
10 p.m. – Midnight – Davidson Brother’s Band
Saturday July 4
10 a.m. – Booths open. Carnival rides begin. Rock wall, gold rush sifting adventure and spider wall open.
11 a.m. – Car show registration begins. ($10 Entry Fee) music on stage
Noon – WV Freedom Festival “Blanche Miller Memorial” Quilt Show entries may begin to display (Don Browning’s Jewelers Upstairs); “Car Show Jeopardy” on main stage with Bill France (Winner wins $75, plus a host of car accessories and gifts)
1 p.m. – Magician’s Speed & Thro first show in front of McCormick’s
2 p.m. – First show for “Pork Chop Revue” in front of McCormick’s; WV Freedom Festival “Patsy Nolletti Memorial” Baking Contest. Entries can be displayed inside Don Browning’s Jewelers at this time
3 p.m. – Car show awards on main stage. “Betty Nolletti Memorial” Window Decorating Contest winner announced.
4 p.m. – Military Salute. All veterans in attendance receive a medal.
5 p.m. – WV Freedom Festival parade. Baking contest/quilt show awards announced directly after the parade on main stage. Meet the 2008 Freedom Festival royalty; Second show for Pork Chop Revue in front of McCormick’s
6 p.m. – Speed & Thro main performance. Watch the 2009 Queen escape the flames in a great magic trick on the main stage.
7 p.m. – WV Freedom Festival Block Party Blowout with DJ Bill France
8 p.m. – Third show for “Pork Chop Revue” in front of McCormick’s
9 p.m. – Grand Finale for the block party
10 p.m. – Fireworks. Tune radios to 106.7 to hear it music
11 p.m. to Midnight – The Street Players Band on main stage
11 p.m. – Magician’s Speed & Thro final performance of the evening in front of McCormick’s.