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Fairgrounds filled with festivity
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It's fall, y'all, and Walker Gardens of Morrison had tons of decor in festive flavors available for purchase at the Fall Freedom Festival on Saturday. Pictured are Martha Tomberlin, left, and Rhonda Walker. - photo by Nikki Childers

The inaugural Fall Freedom Festival was in high spirits on Saturday as crowds turned out in droves to attend the event.

Across 118 vendors, the public was treated to tasty homemade foods, as well as any kind of crafts you could imagine. Custom tumblers, fall décor, fashionable attire and everything in between was displayed in the many vendor stalls that occupied the main arena at the Warren County A&L Fairgrounds.

Lynessa Bell, one of the event organizers responsible for putting the Fall Freedom Festival into motion, was thrilled with the attendance and vendor participation. 

“It has been a wonderful day so far with great attendance. It has definitely exceeded our expectations” said Bell. “We are so overwhelmed with the response from the community and grateful for the great turnout.”

Bell took pride in the hard work the team put into making the event a success, especially in the cramped three week timeline in which it was organized.

“The best part is the unity, our team and the community coming together to make this work,” Bell beamed. 

Bell continued, “We want to thank everyone who came out today. It has been great to see so many people attend from all areas, be it civic groups, churches, craft vendors or small businesses. It feels so good see everyone come together.”

Jessica George, owner of Red Door Boutique and Red Door Kids, was in attendance to show off the fashionable clothing options she has available at her two stores. George had nothing but praise for the event and its organizers.

“It has been a great day so far with amazing weather. We’ve been open for about an hour and it has been non-stop since we started,” George said of her experience at the Fall Freedom Festival. “This is our first event in three years. We were set to attend the Autumn Street Fair, but were glad when this alternative came about. Setup was smooth and easy, round of claps for everyone who put it together.”