LOGAN, W.Va. — After a year away, the West Virginia Freedom Festival will return to the streets of Logan this July 6, 7 and 8, and Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti and City Clerk Amber Viars say they are grateful the city has the chance to revive the festival.
“It was heartbreaking not have it last year,” explained Viars.
Viars and Nolletti explained the festival was started to draw people to downtown Logan and to give local families a chance to stay in the county and still have summer fun.
Like previous years, the festival will feature a full carnival, two musical stages, dozens of vendors, contests, a block party, car and motorcycle show, military salute and fireworks display.
Gambill Amusements will return to the festival with full carnival for all three days of the festival.
AC/DC tribute band Thunderstorm and Journey tribute band Resurrection will join country act Mark Wills as the main entertainment for the festival at the Coalfield Jamboree Theater.
Two ground acts will also be on hand at the festival.
The world’s last known traveling oddities show, World of Wonders and the magic of Kid Davey will be available for free throughout the festival.
A raft of 18 local bands will also grace the stages at festival and the Coalfield Jamboree.
A wrestling show and tribute to the coal industry are set for July 6.
The car and motorcycle show from the Blue Knights Motorcycle Group and military salute will occur July 7.
July 8 will feature two fireworks displays which will be visible throughout downtown.
Nolletti noted the Freedom Festival would impossible to stage without the hard work of the firefighters at the Logan Fire Department.
Nolletti explained Logan’s firefighters take on the massive undertaking with aplomb saying they help with setup and tear down, electrical work and fireworks.
All employees of the city help make Freedom Festival a reality, added Nolletti.
The Water Board, Sanitary Board, Street Department, Police Department and the City Council all provide help for the festival.
“We’re lucky to have them all,” added Nolletti.
Nolletti and Viars also explained they wanted to thank, Walker Machinery, Mike Ferrell, the Tomblin family, Chester Stapleton, the Coal Field Jamboree, the Logan County Board of Education and the Logan County Commission, Logan Bank and Trust, Wally Thornhill, LEASA, Logan Regional Medical Center, Frontier Communication and the State Of West Virginia for their support of the festival.
Nolletti and Viars added sponsors and vendors for the festival are still be sought.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]