Darren Doyle, Edmonson Voice
The annual Freedom Fest Fireworks and Little League awards show has been postponed due to rising chances of severe weather that according to the forecast, should arrive right at start time for tonight's celebration.
Parks & Rec Director A.B. Webb said that he, Judge Cannon, and Pat Prunty with Emergency Management have been following weather models all day. "According to what we're all seeing, it looks like heavy rain will get here about the time we plan to start," Webb said. "Within a short time after that, there's supposed to be straight line winds and more rain, so we'd rather be safe than sorry."
Webb reminds everyone of the situation about 4 years ago during the show when severe weather suddenly hit. "It was terrible. There were people driving all over the place, cars getting stuck, cutting ruts. Everybody was trying to get out all at the same time. We had wreckers pulling people out plus, several wrecks." he said.
The festival has been rescheduled for next Friday, July 3rd at the same time, with awards kicking off at 6pm, live music from Roosterfish at 7pm, with the fireworks wrapping things up at dusk.
"We've tried every angle we know to try, and the chances are just too great for bad weather," he said. "We'd hate for everyone to come out tonight and then all this hit. We want to do what's best and safest for everyone."