Sunday, June 22, 2008

Fireworks Expected in Cleveland, Tennessee

"Let Freedom Ring" is the theme for the 11th annual Mount Olive Freedom Celebration on June 29 at the Tri-State Exhibition Center.

The celebration will feature a number of gospel acts including the Freedom Celebration Festival Choir, which is made up of area church choirs. Some 120 voices will be included.

There will be musical entertainment, shows, kiddy rides and of course -- fireworks.

The fireworks show, which will be synchronized to music, is being sponsored by Larry Hill Ford of Cleveland.

The fireworks show will be the only one in Cleveland this year, according to organizers.

Pioneer Credit Co. is sponsoring the stage area where Gina Bean, 4 by Him, Just Us and the 2x2 Quartet will perform. Also on the Pioneer stage, the Freedom Celebration Festival Choir will gather. The choir is made up of members from the Graysville Church of God, Peerless Road Church of God of Prophecy, and Mount Olive Ministries Choir. Dr. Mark Bailey, minister of music at Mount Olive Ministries and Lee professor, will coordinate the choir.

Steve Hartline and Bridgett Baggett will emcee the event.

Santek Industries is sponsoring more than 16 air toys, including a 60-foot slide and splash for the kids. A petting zoo and pony rides will also be available for the family friendly event. Presentations by the Endunamo Strength Team and the Mount Olives Children's Ministries will held on the Santek stage.

There is no admission to the event which is open to the public. Fireworks are scheduled to begin around 9:30 p.m. on June 29.

[By Greg Kaylor, Cleveland Daily Banner Editorial Assistant]

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