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Abilene Freedom Festival is still a 'go' for Fourth of July, with some health guidelines in place

Abilene's Freedom Festival will still happen, with health and safety guidelines set for anyone who plans to attend the event.
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ABILENE, Texas — The Abilene Freedom Festival, planned for Saturday, July 4, at the Expo Center of Taylor County, 1700 TX-36, has released health and safety guidelines for those planning to attend the event.

“In keeping with the guidelines set by the State and by the City and County for outdoor events, we are encouraging attendees to plan responsibly for social distancing efforts,” event co-chair, Kelly Jay, said, in a press release from the group.

Attendees are encouraged to practice social distancing limits while waiting in line at concert/music area, food trucks, vendor booths and children’s activity areas. Wearing a mask is encouraged for anyone entering the Expo Center grounds and event activity areas.

Event organizers will hand out small hand sanitizers to anyone entering the event area. Additionally, there will be hand sanitizer stations in various locations inside the grounds.

In the children’s activities area, Germ Killers will sanitize all of the activity areas and equipment every hour and will sanitize seating areas, buildings and display booths before and during the event.

There will be additional portable restrooms with hand-washing sinks available. The VIP area, the OSI Frigid Zone in the Round Building, and around the seating areas at the Black Plumbing/Maverick Saw Cutting entertainment stage, will be sanitized as well.

“The open area on the Expo Center grounds is large enough to accommodate social distancing, and still allow people attending the Freedom Festival plenty of room to enjoy the concerts, children’s activities, food trucks and have a great view of the WesTex Connect Fireworks Spectacular,” Jay said.

The festival area will open to ticket holders at 4 p.m. July 4. Entry into the Abilene Freedom Festival will be through the rock gate at the east end of the grounds. A screening station will be there to check the temperature of attendees as they enter.

“It’s a simple process to stand in front of the station and place your wrist close to the sensor to get a person’s temperature,” Jay said.

The concerts will begin on the Black Plumbing/Maverick Saw Cutting stage on the Expo Center grounds at 5:30 p.m. with Jerrod Medulla, followed by Wade Bowen at 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Headliner Neal McCoy will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Event information and tickets are available on the abilenefreedomfestival.com website.