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Fall Freedom Festival Saturday

The inaugural Fall Freedom Festival has exceeded expectations with 112 vendors set to display their wares and sell a wide variety of food this Saturday, Oct 2, at the Warren County Fairgrounds.

Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Perks include free cotton candy and free balloon animals for children.

“We are so proud of the way the community has come together to put this event on,” said Lynessa Bell, one of the event organizers. “Volunteers have worked tirelessly to make this event happen in a little over three weeks. We reached out to each vendor who had a spot at the Autumn Street Fair to give them this opportunity and roughly 50% will be at the festival. We are excited about the response and the enthusiasm surrounding the event.”

The event will include woodworking, pottery, baskets, jewelry, and leather goods from local artisans. In addition, there will be boutique clothing for women and children, purses, accessories, home décor, candles and more.

Numerous food trucks will be on hand, including This N That Grill, Auntie Mattie’s, The Hot Dog Man, Viola’s Best Lemonade, 4-H Funnel Cakes, and numerous bakeries. As an added bonus, the grist mill will be open to offer fresh ground corn meal.

Civic organizations, area churches, and candidates for the upcoming election will also be on hand. 

A Red Cross Blood Mobile will be asking for blood donations, sponsored by Junior Auxiliary of McMinnville.

Bell added, “There will be drawings for vendor-sponsored merchandise beginning at 9:30 a.m. and those will be held at least every hour throughout the day. In addition to these drawing for candles, clothing, and various food products, there are vendor booths which will have a drawing for a flat-screen TV, a Nintendo Switch, and other items donated from our vendors. We invite everyone to come out and enjoy an event-filled day.”