Orange Beach ready to let freedom ring out at second annual festival

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) – Baldwin County’s new festival is almost ready to let freedom ring!

On Thursday afternoon, the second annual Freedom Fest at the Wharf in Orange Beach welcomed vendors from across the region to begin setting up shop.

City of Orange Beach spokesperson Marc Anderson talks about this year’s festivities.

“There’s a bit of everything,” Anderson said. “There will be something for everyone”, and he may be right.

Nearly 100 vendors set up shop for the three-day festival and it’s not just arts and crafts, but there are a dozen food vendors and the Bama Coast Crusin car show with over 200 cars lined up along Main Street at the Wharf.

Arts and crafts salesperson Diane Corcoran is back this year.

“It was packed last year,” Corcoran said. “The food queues were going through the parking lot and it was bumper to bumper coming off that hill right there.”

In just its second year, the festival has already attracted quite a few followers according to Eddie Allen who has settled in for the weekend.

“People come here and have a great time, they have a great time,” Allen said. “They have good food, good vendors and good merchandise and that’s why we come.”

The festival takes place:

  • Friday, Sept. 30 from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A benefit concert and patriotic speaker event will take place on Sunday, October 2 beginning at 1 p.m.

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