Fireworks to cap festival around 9 p.m.

Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 at 07:17 PM.

The old-fashioned celebration includes a variety of games, including three-legged races and egg relay races. Age divisions range from 6 and under, 7 to 12 to 13 and older.

"All the games are very popular," said A.D. Brady, the recreation department’s organizer of the Freedom Festival. "They really have a good time. It’s really in the spirit of the holiday.

"We normally are not lacking for participants. The Hula Hoop contest is the most popular. This is something that the adults can participate in and it’s something that’s from their childhood. They are familiar with it."

Entertainment will be provided by Newport country singer Pauline Smith beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Amber Lewis, who sings modern ballads, is scheduled to take the stage at 6:30 p.m.

The perennially popular pie-eating contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Contestants in 12-and-under and 13-and-above age groups will see who can consume a nine-inch apple pie while seated at a table with their hands tied behind their backs.

"It’s a very popular event. The people are laughing. They’ve got pie all over their face and their ears. It’s comical," Brady said. "It’s competitive and people enjoy it."

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