Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs, a 15-time Grammy-award winning country and bluegrass music artist, will be the featured headliner at the City of Springfield’s 4th of July Freedom Fest to be held at the Robertson County Fairgrounds, according to Terry Martin, Springfield Parks & Recreation director.

The “Crying My Heart Out Over You” and “Country Boy” singer will perform at the event for likely an hour to an hour-and-a-half that evening on Sunday, July 4, Martin said.

“I’m pretty excited about it,” he added, noting that officials are anticipating between 5,000 and 8,000 people in attendance at the Freedom Fest. “I think he’s a great entertainer and will bring in a lot of folks from our city, the county and those outside the county to come and see how great our city is.”

The 4th of July Freedom Fest, which is free to the public, will also feature other musical acts, beginning at 4 p.m., which will be announced soon.

Gates for the overall event will open at 3 p.m. — which will include inflatables and carnival rides, as well as a host of vendors. Food trucks will also be on-site for those wanting to purchase a snack or meal.

At 9 p.m. and concluding the evening’s Independence Day celebration will be a 20 to 25-minute fireworks show, which is in its 21st year for the City of Springfield, Martin said. It will be launched from the quarry at Vulcan Materials Co. nearby.

Those at the fairgrounds, especially guests sitting in the bleachers, will have a great view of the colors blasting across the evening sky, according to Martin.

“When the concert is over, that’s going to be a great location,” he said. “We encourage everyone to come out.”

Those interested in becoming a vendor should contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 615-382-1655 regarding an application. Cost is $100 per vendor space.

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