A local church has came up with a fun way to enjoy the holiday weekend.

Wheeler Grove Baptist Church in Corinth is having its second annual Freedom Festival at 6 p.m. until dark on Sunday. The event will be held at the church located on 21 CR 519.

“It’s a great time to come together for our country and it’s also a time for God’s people to fellowship and rally,” said Corey Holley, a youth minister at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church.

Holley said this event allows the community to celebrate in honor of the Fourth of July.

“It’s all about honoring the freedom our country and the ones who’ve served,” he said.

Last year around 1,500 people attended the event, but due to this year's COVID-19 pandemic there will be some changes, he said.

“We will definitely practice social distancing at this event. I encourage people to bring a lawn chair so they can separate as much as possible,” said Holley.

Instead of buffet style, the food will be prepackaged and all servers will have on gloves and masks. Hand sanitizer will also be provided.

According to Holley, there will be lots of things to participate in such as slides, face painting, hot air ballon rides, inflatables, a dunk a deacon booth, mechanical bull riding and games.

Catfish, hamburger and hotdog plates will be served along with several sides.

“We have some great live music, too,” said the youth minister.

Some key acts will be The Adams Family and The Lovelace Family and several more. A firework show will take place around dark, he said.

Staff Writer

Gabby Boyd is a native of Iuka and a graduate of the University of Souther Mississippi where she majored in broadcast journalism. She is a staff writer for the Daily Corinthian and an published fantasy fiction author.

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