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Freeport Settlers Day set with entertainment and history

By ROSS FLINT

rflint@shelbynews.com

With a day filled with food, music, vendors and history, the third annual Freeport Settlers Day is set to be a festive day in the town that sits three miles southwest of Morristown.

Claudia Heck, the organizer of the event, said she’s been busy promoting it at various local events with fliers hoping to generate interest.

“This year is going to be just blown out of the water,” she said.

The event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday with yard sales. Vendors also will be selling a variety of items.

Heck is particularly excited about the music lineup.

Live music will be performed all day, from 11 a.m. to around 9 p.m., possibly later, she said.

The lineup of local country and rock ‘n roll performers includes Taylor Hernly, Doug Gilman, Trevor Delk, William Murphy, R Six, Trent Moss, Steve Hickman and JXNY.

“It’s good for the music community,” Heck said of the lineup. “Very impressive music this year. I mean it’s off the hook. I checked them out.”

Biscuits and gravy will be available in the morning along with banana nut and zucchini breads.

Nachos, cheese, hot dogs and a 1950 cotton candy machine will also be available in the afternoon, and Heck is hoping to provide sandwiches.

The original idea for Freeport Settlers Day began when Heck began to learn about the community’s history from neighbors.

Since she was unable to find information in the library, she started doing her own research.

She decided from that research to create a day where residents can learn about that history.

Thus Freeport Settlers Day was born.

From that idea, she decided to include enticements.

“The first thing that came to my mind was people will come to the yard sales,” she said. “I’m just trying to hit anything that will bring in people.”

Freeport was platted in 1836. It had the first mill in Shelby County, according to Heck, and has an Indian burial ground.

Heck plans to post signs for visitors to see where history happened for the event.