Rowan County celebrated the annual Fazoli’s Freedom Fest with music, food and fireworks over Morehead’s downtown on July 3.

Fazoli’s Freedom Fest not only gave the community a chance to connect but gave local businesses the opportunity to showcase their goods and services.

“I think it’s growing. I came here probably in 2006 at first and there wasn’t anything like this,” said Michelle Whitley, owner of Dancing Bee Naturals.

Whitley said the growth she saw in the 13 years was shown through the appearance of local businesses, such as the new brewery.

“I think it has great potential now. I definitely didn’t see that when I first came here,” she said.

Whitley sells aromatherapy products and has considered opening a storefront in Morehead.

Other non-food vendors were lined up on Main Street along with a car show that featured over 15 cars and trucks. Food vendors sat along First Street between the Moonlight Stage and Gospel Stage.

Bands for the night included Shelby Lore & The Soul Shakers, Servant’s Heart and Jeremy Short & Company among others.

Children gathered around the model trains in the Morehead History and Railroad Museum, which stayed open throughout the day and hosted a paper plane flying contest.

Daneyl Tackett can be reached at or by telephone at 784-4116.

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