Heat plays toll on New Albany Freedom Festival

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

NEW ALBANY – Things were heated at the New Albany Freedom Festival.
A heat index in the hundreds resulted in a small afternoon crowd at the annual festival held on the Union County Courthouse law.
Umbrellas, fans and spray bottles were used to fight off the heat, but with little success. At 2 p.m. when the festival started, the heat index was 109 degrees, according to the National Weather Service In Memphis.
Vendors and kids play stations were set up from 2 to 5 p.m. prior to musical entertainment.
Despite the afternoon heat, a group of young boys had a good time playing a game of tackle football on the lawn and enjoyed the festival events.
Cathy Morris was one of the few people who was at the event when it started. As she squirted water on to her face and her son Kyle’s face, Morris decided that coming back later in the day probably would be better.
“You just don’t know how hot it is until you step into it,” she said. “It’s too hot to have him out here so we’re going to come back when the entertainment starts.”

Night entertainers
Attendance turned around as the sun went down and musical acts took the stage. One highlight of the night was children handing out yellow ribbons in honor of soldiers serving overseas.
The night’s lineup included Rocky Ford String Band, James Pirkle Blues Band, Allison’s Rage, Braden Gray, Paid in Full, White Horizon and the Spunk Monkees.