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O’Fallon festival headliners announced, parade participants, vendors sought


The city of O’Fallon has announced the entertainment schedule for the 2018 Heritage & Freedom Festival July 2-4. The schedule was released at the city’s April 12 city council meeting by Jennifer Hoisington, the city’s tourism and festivals manager.

Country Music Night takes place from 4–11 p.m. on July 3 with “The Voice” season 11 contestant Tarra Layne and singer/songwriter Jerrod Niemann scheduled to perform.

On July 4, it’s all Rock ‘n Roll from noon-10 p.m. with featured performances by Portrait – The Music of Kansas, an all-original band member performance by St. Louis-based ‘90s rock band Stir and, in the evening, Grammy-nominated grunge and hard rock band, Daughtry.

Admission to the festival grounds at the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, 890 T.R. Hughes Blvd., is free.

Free parking also is available with free shuttle service provided on July 3-4.

Clubs, civic organizations, businesses, churches, school groups and Scout troops are being sought to participate in the Heritage & Freedom Festival parade.

The parade will step off at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4 in downtown O’Fallon.

All entries are required to be decorated and prizes will be awarded to the winners. Judges will consider how well each entry adheres to the 2018 theme of “America Through the Ages” and will award extra points for music and mechanical movement.

Mayor Bill Hennessy will present the Mayor’s Choice Award, a plaque and a magnetic placard to display throughout the parade. First- and second-place plaques will be presented for the Best Color Guard. Cash awards of $200 for first place and $100 for second place will be given for the Best Musical Float and the Most Patriotic Float. In the Best Overall category, first-, second- and third-place winners will receive prizes of $500, $400 and $300, respectively.

Parade applications, FAQs, requirements, resources and tips for designing an entry are posted on O’Fallon’s festival website at heritageandfreedomfest.com/parade. Applications also can be picked up at City Hall, 100 North Main St.; the Renaud Spirit Center, 2650 Tri Sports Circle; and the Parks and Recreation Administrative Office, 400 Civic Park Drive. The deadline to apply is noon on Friday, May 18.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the parade. To volunteer, contact the Volunteer Services Department at (636) 379-5417 or by sending an email to volunteer@ofallon.mo.us.

Vendors can apply for a booth at the Heritage & Freedom Festival now through May 11. Applications with complete information are available online at heritageandfreedomfest.com or at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 400 Civic Park Drive. The office is open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact Hoisington at (636) 379-5605 or by email at jhoisington@ofallon.mo.us.

For more information on the festival, visit heritageandfreedomfest.com.

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