Walmart presented the city with a check for $1000 and McDonalds handed over a check for $500 to assist with the costs of the three-day festival that will take place at Grayson County Middle School July 10 through 12.
As he presented the check, Walmart store manager Rick Rutledge issued a challenge to other businesses in the community.
“This is a good thing for the community and I would like to challenge others to support these events,” said Rutledge.
McDonald’s manager Wayne Harvile said the restaurant was looking at the idea of making a special meal deal for customers during that weekend but nothing has officially been decided.
The idea for the 2009 Leitchfield Freedom Fest was developed by event organizer Ken Roberts with several community businesses, groups and organizations jumping on board with support for different for activities.
Roberts questioned the council during the Monday night meeting about a noise ordinance and was told there was no ordinance.
He asked the council to waive the three day license fees for any group associated with the Grayson County school system that will allow all clubs and organizations to set up a booth and raise money and the council agreed.
He also gave the council a rundown of the events that have been scheduled and the supporters.
The Leitchfield Lion’s Club agreed to support an inflatable city that will be operated on Saturday and is free for children to play on.
The Grayson County Special Olympics is sponsoring a car show on Saturday and there will be beauty pageant that will crown the first-ever Miss Leitchfield Freedom Fest.
There will be a live concert featuring local artist Leslie Rafferty as well as the contemporary Christian band “United” on the main lawn of the middle school grounds throughout the afternoon and evening hours Saturday.
In addition to those bands there are two more local bands that have committed to playing and Roberts is currently seeking funding that will bring three nationally recognized bands to the county to perform during the Freedom Fest.
There will be a two-day USCA tennis tournament with the final match being played after the fireworks display on Saturday.
The Grayson County 4-H Club is sponsoring a 5K Freedom Fun Run/Walk on Friday night at 7 p.m.
An Arts & Crafts fair will allow for those interested in shopping for the latest wares from local and regional artists. The fair will be featuring crafts, woodworking and paintings of all types.
Anyone interested in sponsoring this event or playing an active role can contact event coordinator Ken Roberts at 270-259-6164 or visit the web page at www.leitchfieldfreedomfest.com.